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Red Barn collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0666

Scope and Contents

The Red Barn collection contains 3-20x24" watercolor sketch plans by architect Kevin D. Walshe for Existing Barn Refurbishment for the Rochester Engineering Society.The collection includes a VHS tape of the red barn experience when newly renovated in 1982, on the tape is Tom Connelly talking about the activities that happen at the red barn before the red barn did rock climbing. The activities include a ropes course and team building exercises. A student participant talks about their experience as well. The tape is about 5 minutes long. The collection aslo includes clippings and photographs of renovation day of the Red Barn on October 2, 1982, and slides from the outdoor orientation program and ropes course.


  • Creation: 1970-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Built in 1908, the Red Barn is a Wells-style, black walnut barn that belonged to the Krenzer family farm until RIT purchased the land in 1960's to build the Henrietta campus. In early spring of 1968, the barn was converted into a student activities building. The Red Barn started being used as a facility for the Center for Recreation and Intramurals circa 1970. On October 2, 1982 there was a renovation day to restore the Red Barn. The Red Barn was used for different types of activites such as a ropes course and the outdoor orientation program.

It wasn't until 2005 that the Red Barn Climbing Gym was established. The Red Barn is home to one of the top collegiate indoor rock climbing facilities in the country and is open to the public. The facility is also used for wellness instructional courses. The barn has two levels, the top floor has top-rope wall and a top-out boulder wall. The lower level has three sections containing multiple courses with bouldering caves and a padded floor.

Today, the barn is open seven days a week for rock climbing, and although it is primarily a bouldering gym with rope-less rock climbing and padded surfaces, there is one 35-foot top-roping wall. In 2013, they logged some 25,000 visitors to the barn.


2.5 Linear Feet (1 flat file drawer 1 document box)




Materials related to the Red Barn which is part of the Center for Recreation and Intramurals. The collection contains slides on the outdoor orientation program, clippings from renovation day on October 2, 1982, photographs from renovation day, a video tape on the red barn experience 1982, and three blueprint sketches of the Red Barn.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Physical Location

C.S. South, Shelf 750

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Portions of the collection were donated by Tom Connelly, Program Director Outdoor Education, on September 21, 2016. The sketch plans were donated on April 3, 2008.

Accession number(s): 2008:019; 2017:004

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lauren Hubbs in Febuary 2017.

Red Barn collection
RIT Archives
Lauren Hubbs
06 Febuary 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA