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Cross Park Barns Pierce County, Washington

The Mayflower Dairy, near Frederickson, Washington, was established by the Sutter family in the 1920s.  Its dairy barn had 50 milking stations, along with an interconnected 110-ton hay storage barn.  The dairy closed in the mid 1950s, but it remained as a farm, purchased by Stan and Joan Cross in 1963.  They sold the land to Pierce County in 2003 for use as a 64-acre community park.

BOLA was selected by Pierce County Parks to develop plans for the rehabilitation of the two historic barns on the site for use as a new community center.  Associated landscape architects, Hough Beck & Baird, are developing the site designs for the remainder of the park, with play area, interpretive trails, wetland mitigation and recreational open space and ball fields.  The barns are on the local and state heritage registers.

The design team facilitated discussions at multiple community meetings to resolve that the historic barns would be rehabilitated as a community center, using the 1,700 sq. ft. Hay Barn, which retains its exposed interior framing and tall, gabled space, as a flexible gathering space.  Other features include two meeting rooms for community activities, a rental and teaching kitchen and service spaces in the Dairy Barn, which will retain some of the original character of the milking parlor and stanchions.  Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2020.

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