Historic Cherry Hill Road carriage house in Stockbridge destroyed in blaze

Firefighters battle a blaze Friday in a barn at 24 Cherry Hill Road in Stockbridge.

STOCKBRIDGE — A prominent and historic Stockbridge property lost its carriage house Friday.

No humans or animals were injured in the blaze, which started about 5:30 p.m. and claimed the entire structure.

Hans and Katherine Morris own the Cherry Hill Road estate, which has seen prominent owners throughout its history, including David Dudley Field and Dr. Charles McBurney.

Hans Morris, an owner of The Berkshire Eagle, said it was unclear how the fire started. His wife received a call from the alarm company and then alerted the Stockbridge Fire Department.

The property dates to the 1700s, Morris said, but the roughly 9,000-square-foot barn was built circa 1900. He believes it was designed by Joseph McArthur Vance, the architect behind the Mahaiwe Theatre in Great Barrington and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

He and his wife undertook a complete restoration when they bought the property in 2001.

"It was a very beautiful post-and-beam barn," he said.

Morris said he stood in awe of firefighters from all over the county as the blaze overtook the old timber frame.

"The bravery — it was impressive to watch," he said.

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