Volunteers pegged together the future and the past Sunday, as the Amelita Mirolo Barn was raised in Sunny 95 Park.

Volunteers pegged together the future and the past Sunday, as the Amelita Mirolo Barn was raised in Sunny 95 Park.

The Timber Framers Guild and the Upper Arlington community joined together to make the barn a reality as it was transformed from hundreds of pieces of lumber to the frame of the all-season community facility and performance space the Upper Arlington Community Foundation plans to turn over to the city when it's completed.

By the end of the 12-hour workday Sunday, the mid-19th century timber-frame barn was raised to match the newly cut Douglas fir barn that went up last week.

Together, the frames will comprise the Amelita Mirolo Barn, designed to serve as a reminder of Upper Arlington's agrarian roots.

The insulated siding, electrical work and plumbing will be completed in the coming months.

Ric Beck, a captain with the Upper Arlington Fire Department and president of Friends of Ohio Barns, led the barn-raising events Sunday.

Beck, who took a week of vacation to assist with the barn raising, said it was a "dream come true."

"I've worked for the city for more than 23 years," he said. "I can't think of a better way to pay back the city for all of the years it was kind to me."

He said the Mirolo barn represents many things for Upper Arlington.

"It really tells the tale of the farming community," Beck said. "This community center is going to be so unique."

The original barn, one of many on operating farms in Upper Arlington, was built in the mid-1800s on the former Legg farm near the intersection of Fishinger and Redding roads and later moved to Lane Road on the former McCoy-Davidson farm, where it was dismantled in 2008 when the property was sold at auction.

Helen Legg Detrick and Ruth Legg Krabach, descendants of the barn's creator, participated in the barn raising Sunday.

Dan Troth of Lewis Center, a member of both Friends of Ohio Barns and the Timber Framers Guild, said this is the first time since his started framing barns in 1980s that he has seen the marriage of an old and new barn in the same frame.

"It has such a great history and character," he said. "There will be thousands of people who get to enjoy the timber frame and enjoy the new and the old together."

In addition to incorporating the new and old frame, the timber framers also incorporated something local in to the frame.

Lexington, Va., native Bob Smith, an instructor with the Timber Framers Guild, incorporated a "live bracing" Sugar Maple branch between the new and old frames.

The branch was taken from a tree near neighboring Greensview Elementary that fell during high winds Wednesday, Sept. 22, while volunteers with the guild camped out at Sunny 95 Park

"It's important to me to keep something local in the frame," Smith said. "It was just happenstance" that the tree fell.

Tim Moloney, city Parks and Recreation director, said the live bracing was a last-minute but welcome addition to the frame.

"It's going to be in there forever," Moloney said, noting that he plans to have a plaque installed near the branch to explain its presence.

Moloney said the $900,000 Amelita Mirolo barn is going to be a new focal point of the Upper Arlington community.

"This is going to be the centerpiece of your park," he said.

Representatives of the Upper Arlington Community Foundation and the UA Historical Society said they were elated to see their vision become a reality.

"It was three years ago this month that we first saw the inside of the barn," said historical society executive director Kate Erstein. "It's impressive what this community can do in just three years."

Bob Ness, barn campaign chair for the foundation, echoed Erstein's sentiments.

"Little did we know that 13 months ago, we would be where we are today," he said.

Linda Readey, community foundation executive director, said history has been reborn through the soon-to-be-completed Amelita Mirolo Barn.

"All of a sudden, this barn has a new life."