Kemp Barn

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Kemp Barn
Kemp Barn, Reading MA.jpg
Kemp Barn
Kemp Barn is located in Massachusetts
Kemp Barn
Location Reading, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′19″N 71°7′1″W / 42.52194°N 71.11694°W / 42.52194; -71.11694Coordinates: 42°31′19″N 71°7′1″W / 42.52194°N 71.11694°W / 42.52194; -71.11694
Built 1853
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
MPS Reading MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 19, 1984

The Kemp Barn is a historic barn at 186 Summer Avenue in Reading, Massachusetts, USA. Built in 1853, it has exceptionally sophisticated Italianate styling for an outbuilding. The barn was built for the "gentleman's farm" of Robert "Father" Kemp, who is best known for leading the Old Folks Concerts, a popular mid-18th-century singing tour.[2]

The barn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984; the house is also listed.[1]

The current owner, Debra A Stackpole, has applied for a demolition permit for both the house and the barn. Her plan is to sell the lots to a company looking to erect a school. A Demolition Delay hearing is scheduled for 7/24/14 at town hall to halt the sale process for 6 months while an alternative is found. If anyone has a suggestion on how to prevent the demolition from occurring or may be interested in purchasing the property, please call Ann Gentile @ 781-942-6608.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Kemp Barn". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-20.