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The Kona Farm Barn - Spire and Weathervane

Gift of David Livingston, December 2009

MHS Kona Farm Spire

    Conceived as a gentleman's country estate, Kona Farm was designed by Boston architect Harry J. Carlson for Herbert Dumaresq, who was a part owner of the Jordan Marsh Company. In its heyday in the early 20th century, Kona Farm was recognized as a superior example of the estate building movement, and was featured in a number of period exhibitions and publications. By 1910, the property consisted of 2500 acres, with a main house, three boathouses, two large barns, and other associated outbuildings. Considered an important example of a multi-use estate barn, Kona Farm's livestock barn originally housed cattle, horses, and poultry. In 1905, an E. Howard Company (Boston) striking tower clock was installed in the cupola of the barn, adding to the status and significance of Dumaresq's agricultural compound on Moultonborough Neck.

    Following the departure of the Dumaresqs in 1939, the Kona Farm estate was subdivided and sold off, and the livestock barn has had a number of owners and different uses over time. The barn has recently been renovated after a period of neglect, and is now known as the Carriage Court apartments. Collector David Livingston purchased the E. Howard tower clock in 2006 and has since restored it to working order. In December 2009, Dr. Livingston generously donated the barn's distinctive spire and weathervane to the Moultonborough Historical Society. The object was transported back to Moultonborough by Ben Fullerton and reassembled for display by Andre Bover and other volunteers. Now under the co-stewardship of the Historical Society and the Heritage Commission, this unique architectural element is preserved in the Lamprey House Museum's barn.

Cristina Ashjian, Chair, Moultonborough Heritage Commission, July 2010