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The Barn at Madison

barn owner pic 8.22.22
Location
304 Madison Heights Road
Madison, PA
County
Westmoreland
Description
Business purchase loan
Total Project Cost
$635,000
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From day one to closing, to have the same contact, be talking to the same person, very clear instructions on what they needed from us, it was probably one of the smoother processes we’ve had.

- Christine Dressman, manager and co-owner, The Barn at Madison

People

Never, in 10 years coordinating trade shows, had Christine Dressman crossed the threshold of a venue as enchanting as The Barn at Madison.  Built in 1799, it radiates antebellum charm on its 3.5-acre grounds, while two centuries of historic hand-me-downs create a “gallery-style experience” inside, Christine says.  “I’ve never seen anything like it before.”  The longtime wedding venue was for sale, offering a perfect opportunity to marry her events talent with other family members’ experience in real estate operations and maintenance.

Progress

The seller had a tight timeline, and a banker indicated that a loan “might be a challenge,” Christine says.  Her real estate agent steered her to The Progress Fund, which loaned $539,500.

Impact

The Barn can host rehearsal dinners, accommodate the wedding party overnight and then host as many as 150 guests for the ceremony and reception, making it a perfect place for a hassle-free celebration.  Christine’s family is adding more in-house services, even as it improves the landscaping and renovates a chalet.  “I really feel like the universe puts you where you’re supposed to go,” Christine says, “and all of this has come together so nicely.”

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