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Posted on: March 28, 2017

Opal Lawrence Barn gets a spring facelift

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Mesquite, TX - March 28, 2017 - The 1886 S.D. Lawrence barn at Opal Lawrence Historical Park is all bright again, thanks to a generous donation of paint from community partner, Benjamin Moore & Co.  The barn, which is a large, two-story structure, measures over 4,000 square feet and has remained virtually unchanged over the past 131 years.

“We are so honored to receive a donation from Benjamin Moore for our barn,” said Charlene Orr, executive director of Historic Mesquite, Inc (HMI).  “The paint manufacturer has been a true supporter of our efforts at Lawrence Park and we can’t thank them enough.”

This is the second time Benjamin Moore has contributed paint for the barn – the first time was during the initial restoration over 10 years ago.  The structure is as historically significant as the large farmhouse on the property due to its size – 60-feet wide by 72-feet long – and the heavy wooden timber columns that support the roof, which are at least 35-feet long in some parts. The barn retains its original hardware, feeding troughs and loft of rough tongue and groove wood.

Benjamin Moore also contributed the paint for the restoration of the Noah Range Farmhouse, now HMI offices and visitors center at the Park.  The company, formed in 1883 by brothers Benjamin and Robert Moore, is known for its high-end quality product.  In 1976, it released its Historic Colors Collection, in conjunction with the National Park Service. The two buildings at Lawrence Park are painted in different tints from that collection.

For more information on the barn or Lawrence Park, call (972) 216-6468.

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