During the planning process for the new Workshop, David McNeely, who had built the "temporary" garage/shed wrote the following email on January 5, 2009. He said: "Please: Just tear it down. It's time."
By David McNeely
"We built the temporary barn within a year or two after the cleanup of the fire damage [from the 1985 New Life Fire].
We did not purchase any materials except a few nails. I picked through the lumber and cut off most of what had termite damage, but not all.
I sistered pieces together to make up the length I needed because not much was long enough. I braced minimally because there simply wasn't much material.
My recollection is that there is no membrane (no plywood on walls or roof to create a plane that would resist racking).
I straightened out many damaged pieces of corrugated sheeting for the roof and used it even though it was full of holes and rust.
The barn was basically meant to be temporary. At that time there was no money and no shelter for anything. What I did on the barn was triage: meant to be basically a tent to protect the few things that survived the fire. At the time, we couldn't even afford a tent.
To repair that structure is no longer a wise investment. Please: Just tear it down. It's time."
THE TEMPORARY SHED IS USED FOR 25 YEARS
The “temporary” shed was used for almost 25 years as the only workshop/storage area for the property. During that time, there were periodic repairs and minor upgrades - but none really solved the problem of having a stable, usable workshop to support the Manager/Caretakers in maintaining Meher Mount.