Going to The Barn

Dan’s Thursday Doors

I am taking you to The Barn, which has had a few names. The Barn is in the Grafton Showgrounds and is used for exhibitions, weddings, parties, dances and of course the exhibits of produce from the farms of the Clarence Valley at show time.
The Grafton Show is on at the end of the month and if I can get there I’ll let you see what a rural show looks like.

Previously, in 1888, a pavilion, built on the style of the Prince Alfred Exhibition Building in Sydney, and costing 150 pounds, had been erected on the Turf St site. It was moved to the Prince St location of the showground, and yards were also erected there. The Pavilion became know as ‘The Barn’.


This is the rear entrance. That is a Jacaranda Tree on the right. When the tree flowers, it looks so good with The Barn

Later, in 1954, the Pavilion was named the TJ Ford Pavilion in honour of a previous president.


The Barn can have as many names as they want to give it but it will always be The Barn.
The little side doors at the back. I just love the designs

The small door at the side

The front entrance

19 thoughts on “Going to The Barn

  1. I love it when organizations and owners come up with complicated important sounding names and people come up with their own standard. I like The Barn. The curved work around all three doors is an interesting detail.

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    1. Thanks Dan, the scroll work is the best feature on an otherwise dull corrugated iron building. Out my way, there a steep hill that is still called locally as Bakers Hill, even though the family that owned the property that encompassed the hill haven’t lived in the district for almost 25 years

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  2. Love the trim on this. It gives the building a distinctive look. It reminds me of a structure where I lived in Washington State, the old balloon hangar at Fort Worden State Park. For many years it was a neglected relic of a bygone era, but then it was renovated and is now a concert and performing arts space.

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    1. The trim is rather unique I think. It is funny to think of what were called Nissen Huts, https://nissens.co.uk/ were supposedly “invented” in WW1 or WW2 – depends who you ask, and The Barn was constructed in the 1888, which had that shape you described.
      I am glad that that hanger was restored and being used for creative purposes is even better

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