Lost and Found features brief profiles of historic landmarks and structures, one lost and one saved.


Charles Bailey built a log barn in the Potter County seat of Coudersport in 1900. He employed the most primitive log-building technique, using logs in their natural round shape which he joined together with simple saddle notches, requiring them to extend beyond each corner in a rustic manner. An oddity for its time, Bailey’s twentieth-century barn appeared more rustic and primitive than log houses – once common in the region – built one hundred years earlier. The barn was demolished in 1961. Fortunately, however, it was photographed by William J. Bugler and documented for the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1936 (see “Preserving Philadelphia: A Conversation with Charles E. Peterson, F.A.I.A.,” by William C. Kashatus in the fall 1998 issue.



Suffering from years of ne­glect, a nineteenth-century granary in Lemont, Centre County, is being rescued by the Lemont Village Association, which plans to rehabilitate it and transform it into commu­nity center for the College Township village. The original owner, John L. Thompson, an early settler, used the building to store locally threshed grain and coal brought to the region by railway. The granary, an im­portant distribution point and once the hub of activity, has two distinct sections: a grain eleva­tor and a coal shed. A history of the granary and the village has been funded by the Pennsylva­nia Historical and Museum Commission.