Mark S. Pannill Construction Projects

Projects - The Barn

     The Barn originally began as a simple lean-to horse stall back in the 1930s, which, in this case, actually housed a horse. One of the original stall rails has been saved in the event gasoline becomes even more expensive and natural horse power is again required. At least I will have the beginnings of an abode with which to house a horse.

     Throughout the years the structure grew little by little to become enclosed to serve as storage. Then with the advent of the purchase of a FarmAll tractor or two, walls and a roof were required and then came implements of gardening destruction and places to hang things which were no longer needed, but remained interesting to the beholder.

     The building keep expanding and at one time housed two tractors and a 1966 Chevrolet pickup truck, not to forget the two or three lawnmowers, some riding and some push types, gasoline powered weed whackers, oil, an assortment of hand tools and then after all of this was encased within the walls, a concrete slab was poured to move the dirt and mud from the inside to the glorious outside.

     Finally, when the roof line was falling apart and the walls were vacating the poles and studs a decision was made to reconstruct and save “The Barn”.

     Today, the barn measures 35' wide and 33' long. It has four eight foot openings, one four foot entry and a standard (almost) 32" entry door. Most residential and commercial structures have an even number of rafters and ceiling joists. That is to insure that the building is squarely built. The Barn is noted to have, not 52 rafters and not 54 rafters, but a solid 53! It is truly an orchestrated wonderment.

     When this last resurrection project was completed and I was resting on it’s glory, after having been painted a flamboyant marshmallow white, I decided to drive my then 12 year-old daughter around the block so together we could get a better look at this marvel of engineering.

     During the course of the drive I made the mistake of asking her what she thought. Her response was, plain and simple. “It is too white. It needs spots.”

     I had no idea what kind of spots, so again, making another mistake, I asked, “Spots? What kind of spots, purple, orange, green or what?” Her reply was once more simplistic, “I don’t know, but it needs spots.”

     So, today the barn sports cow spots. Apparently it was a good idea, because the neighbors all were so impressed they spoke of it for weeks afterwards. Even today, children have come to touch it and photographers have professionally photographed it. I suppose it did need spots.

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Mark S. Pannill
P. O. Box 372
Waxahachie, Texas 75168

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