Welcome to 'The Barn', or to give it it's real name the no-one ever uses, the T J Ford Pavilion. This would one of Grafton's most loved buildings. Built in 1888 but moved to its present location in 1906, it is the centrepiece pavilion of the Grafton Agricultural Show Society.
However it has greater significance for Graftonians than just that. Over the last century it has been a place for them to hold their wedding receptions, auctions, balls, plays, discos, in fact you name it and it has probably happened at 'The Barn'.
It's architecture is classic Australian vernacular with roof and exterior walls in glorious corrugated iron and attached Victorian barge boards: stinking hot in summer and freezing in winter. It was very dilapidated in the 1980's but a Government grant allowed it to be restored. It has just had a new commercial kitchen installed in the lean-to section at the left of the building thanks to the lobbying of the now ex-local MP Steve Cansdell. Next job is replacing the very old toilets!
Tomorrow we will attend a very special event that has just been held within this tin temple of good times and happy memories.
This is a Barn Charm post. Click here to visit Tricia's wonderful meme on Barns. Yes Trish I know I am bending the rules but it will be only this once, o.k! Plus I'm sure that livestock have lived in it at some point in its lifetime as well.