The visual focal point of Monck’s Landing is the unique stone barn which occupies
a central vantage point on the course. Recalling the mills which dot the landscape
of “the old country”, our barn provides an authentically stately echo of the links
tradition Monck’s Landing has strived to recreate.
Featuring 2-foot thick locally-quarried stone walls up to the gables, and a “flying-buttress”
roof perhaps unseen in any other similar structure in Canada, the barn is a one-of-a-kind
building that Monck’s Landing is proud to call our own……and to share with the golfing
(and non-golfing) public.
Local lore has it that the Stephens family (the original owners of the farm upon which
Monck's Landing was built) commissioned a local stonemason named Ed Valentine to build
them an indestructible barn after its wooden predecessor had blown down during a windstorm.
Recently returned from duty in the First World War, Mr. Valentine proceeded to create this
extraordinary structure using horse-drawn wagons and stone boats to haul the rock, pulleys
to lift the stone into place, and hammers & chisels to shape the stones by hand. The
influence of the architecture he saw on weekend leaves in Scotland during the war can be
seen in the attention to detail throughout the barn......the finished product features many
flourishes not usually seen in a building used for mere animal husbandry. The wisdom of Ed
Valentine's choices and methods were confirmed when an earthquake in the 1930's failed to
dislodge a single stone!
The Kuschnereit family’s restoration of this priceless building began with the clearing
out and cleaning up of 80+ years of accumulated grit and grime during the summer
of 2004, in order to reveal the breathtaking stone and woodwork inside of the barn.
Fearful that snow and rain entering the barn through the broken and missing windows
on the ground floor might deteriorate the structure, an area company was instructed
to produce exact reproductions of the original windows, using a photo taken of the
barn during its construction discovered in a local archive, and these windows were
installed in the spring of 2005. To further ensure the barn’s continued “health
& happiness”, a Structural Engineering Firm was hired to produce a report detailing
what steps should be undertaken to properly maintain the structure.
It is the Kuschnereit family’s intention to continue with their restoration, in order that the public will be allowed to experience the full magnificence of this structure when Monck’s Landing’s Clubhouse is relocated to the barn…..separate interior spaces currently exist to host a Pro Shop, kitchen facilities, washrooms, a wine cellar, a private lounge, and “The Mashie & Niblick” Pub. All attention and care will be undertaken by the Kuschnereits to ensure that this restoration maintains the existing character and charm of this unique building.
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