Preserving History and Adding the Craft of Timber Framing: LNB breaks ground for new branch

LNB (The Lyons National Bank) recently broke ground for a new branch in Farmington, NY. The site includes a historic home that is being preserved and refreshed. A new timber frame, connecting to the historic home, will be raised to accommodate the bank’s main operations.

The historic Hathaway House (left), new bank space (center timber frame “barn”), and timber frame drive-thru pavilion (right).

“As a company, we’ve long been clients of LNB; we admire their deliberate focus on the individual and business needs of each community they join–and their commitment to doing right by the planet,” said Bryan, project lead from our timber frame engineering team. “We’ve been privileged to work with LNB on several of their branches and we’re excited that they’re opening just down the road from our headquarters in Farmington.”

Below: A previous project with LNB for their Canandaigua NY branch included a timber frame core crafted with reclaimed Douglas fir timbers sourced by Pioneer Millworks.

The LNB, Canandaigua NY branch, with timber frame core, reclaimed oak flooring, and custom table.

For this Farmington location, the conservation and revitalization of the Hathaway House was a critical part of the planning and development. Also key was the consideration and respect of local vernacular. Paying homage to the community’s roots, and current aesthetics in the Farmington, the main timber frame for this branch will appear much like a traditional barn structure:

Styled around local vernacular, a timber frame barn will serve as the community banking and meeting spaces at the LNB Farmington NY location.

An attached timber frame pavilion will provide drive-through access with shelter for teller windows and ATMs:

“We want the Farmington community to feel a sense of pride when they visit the branch, as it incorporates the second oldest structure in Ontario County,” said Thomas Kime, president of LNB. “While we look to celebrate the past, we are excited to invest in the continued development of Farmington and play a role in its future growth and success.”

The groundbreaking for the LNB Farmington branch in front of the Hathaway House:

The groundbreaking of LNB Farmington branch was attended by NY State Senator, Pamela Helming; Farmington Town Supervisor, Peter Ingalsbe; Town of Farmington Director of Planning and Development, Ronald Brand; and Town of Farmington Historian, Donna Hill-Herendeen who delivered brief remarks. Photo courtesy of LNB.

Currently, our timber frame engineers are calculating the component details and once completed will transition plans to our timber craftsmen who will cut the frame. We’ll be raising the Douglas fir structure this Spring – we’ll share details on our events/raising page over the next few months.