Heritage Architecture Studio, LLC
Revitalizing communities with inspired building reuse

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice East Barn

Bernal-Gulnac-Joice East Barn Reconstruction

Client: Santa Clara County, Parks and Recreation Department
Santa Theresa County Park, San Jose, California

Background and Issues

Most of the other structures at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice ranch had already been restored as a history and educational center.  However, the East Barn was not restored with the other structures because of budget issues.  The barn sat unmaintained for 12 years.  Plans to restore it had been drawn up 4 years before, but had not yet been implemented.  At the time of our reassessment, the barn had been severely damaged by termites and was in danger of collapse.  Every structural member had significant termite damage, but the redwood siding was in fair condition, although weathered.


The siding was carefully removed and cataloged. A new barn structure, matching the original barn in size, form, and shape was built to meet the current code requirements.  The old redwood siding was installed on the new structure and supplemented with some new as needed.  The wood was then painted with a lime wash to match the original finish.  The barn is now used for storage of antique farm equipment and for goats.  A small goat enclosure was built next to the barn to provide protection for the goats from Mountain Lions.

Heidi Y. Granke was the project manager for this project while at Architectural Resources Group.