This barn was built in the 1920s by Norman (N.A.) Brennan. N.A. Brennan came to the area in 1906 and bought this property. He married Mary Wynes in Ontario on February 2, 1915 on a trip back East in the winter of 1914-15. They had four children: Alan, Lorne, Marrion, and Kenneth. Norman used the barn for horses and it was said that at one time he had about 30 horses in the barn. This was accomplished by adding the lean-to shed onto the southern side of the barn.
The barn was then owned by Alan (A.W.) Brennan. In 1941, Alan married Dorthy Johnson and they had four children: Keith, James, Stanley, and Carol. Alan used the barn for mixed livestock early on and as a granary in the later years.
Jim (James) Brennan purchased the property the barn sits on in 1973 from his father A.W. Brennan. Jim used the barn to store grain. However, in the 1980s, he renovated the barn and turned the majority of the ground floor into a heated garage. The eastern few feet of the barn were left untouched and livestock were kept here at various points. The garage area was lined with two-by-sixes for insulation and a cement floor was poured. This barn was built using frame construction and balloon framing.
Brennan, Jim. Personal communication. 27 June 2017.
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Barn Condition: Good
Construction Date: 1920s
Features: Hay hood, hay carrier, and hay track
Roof Shape: Arched
Paint: Red with white trim
Decorations: No names or dates
Roof Covering: Cedar shingles
Siding: Wooden drop siding
Additional History on the Property
Brennan, Alan. “Norman A. Brennan (1886-1973)” Yesterday and Years Ago: A History of Forestburg and District. 1st ed. Forestburg: Forestburg and District Historical Book Committee, 1983. Print.