Architecture Photographer – Spangler Barn Restoration

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The Spangler Barn restored to it’s original glory.

As an architecture photographer, I am intrigued by historic buildings and their original use. Working with the Gettysburg Foundation and LSC Design, I was hired to document the barn on George Spangler Farm. The structure is a pre-Civil War era barn that was used as a field hospital for both the Union and the Confederate armies. We were shown around the grounds by a historian with the Gettysburg foundation and learned that the doctors were able to save the lives more than 80% of the nearly 2000 men who went through the hospital. Quite a feat for the time!

While I was hired to photograph the restored barn and smokehouse, the grounds were a family-owned, working farm up until about a decade ago.  The property also holds an old farm house and summer kitchen. Today, the farm is used as a historic teaching site and is preserved as part of the Foundation.

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Field surgeons operated under the overhang near the stables. The farm house sits in the background.
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Side view of the barn showing stone work.
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Left, summer kitchen. Center, smoke house. Right, Spangler farm house.
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Restored smoke house.
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Interior of the barn restored – 90% original floorboards according to historian.
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Wine and root cellar.
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Stables interior.
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Barn with storm clouds rolling in.


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