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Eliadas historic dairy barn gets a new life

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7/21/2011 - Eliadas historic dairy barn gets a new life
by David Forbes - Mountain XPress

ELIADA HOME has been a fixture in Buncombe County for decades.  The dairy barn was showing its age.  Now, it is restored and repurposed - for the use of the residents!

              For more than a century, the dairy barn at Eliada Homes, the foster care nonprofit in Asheville, has stood as a landmark on the campus. Now, after a renovation into a modern fitness and recreation center, it will open its doors to the public July 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Following Eliada's founding by Dr. Lucius B. Compton in 1906, he brought a small tract next to a much larger farm. The owner of the farm left it, including the large dairy barn, when he passed away. In the early years, according to information from Eliada, the farm was key to the place's survival, providing necessary food and milk.

In 1927, the barn burned down and a group of Pennsylvania Dutchmen travelled with Compton to rebuild it, creating the curved roof -- unusual in this area -- that has become part of the barn's hallmark.

After farming activities were abandoned, the barn fell into disrepair, but since last year, a drastic renovation has turned it into a recreation center including a climbing wall, weight rom, pool tables and exercise equipment.

"Preserving Eliada's rich history is important, and so is creating an environment that honors the students in our care," Eliada CEO says. "Renovating the historic dairy barn to the new Fitness & Recreation facility does just that, and we are so pleased with the finished product."

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