Hess Agency, Mt. Joy, PA

Architect Carol Hickey designed this sensitive and adaptive reuse of a bank barn into the Hess Insurance Agency offices. Structural challenges included rebuilding failed fieldstone basement walls, reinforcing or replacing rotted heavy timber framing, and adding a mezzanine where the hayloft used to be. The exposed post and beam framing contrasts beautifully with the new windows, glassed entry and drywall finishes. In addition, a glazed ceramic tile silo was rebuilt as part of the entry. Four years after completion, the Hess Agency is still giving tours to delighted clients.