Elric Endersby

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Princeton, New Jersey, USA
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materTrinity College (Connecticut)
  • Architect
  • Historic preservationist
  • Historian

Elric Johnston Endersby (born 1946 in Princeton, New Jersey, USA) is an American architect, historic preservationist and historian recognized for preserving early American timber frame architecture, primarily the English barn and Dutch barn styles of colonial era America.[1]


Elric Endersby majored in the history of architecture at Trinity College (Connecticut), graduating in 1968,[2] and studied preservation architecture at The Cooperstown Graduate Program at State University of New York at Oneonta.[3] In 1975 he founded the Princeton History Project – recording the oral histories of individuals with memories stretching back to the 1870s – and for 12 years edited its monthly journal The Princeton Recollector,[4][5] featured in an exhibition Princeton Recollects at The Historical Society of Princeton in 2004.[6]

In 1980, he founded the New Jersey Barn Company with Alexander Greenwood. Specializing in handmade structures from the Mid-Atlantic States and New England, they disassemble antique timber frame barns and houses that are endangered by development and neglect, and restore and reassemble them.[3] They have completed over 150 such projects, including a barn that serves as the visitor center at the Howell Living History Farm[7], a school house for the Schenck Farm, and the Edmund Burroughs House in Princeton, New Jersey. They use period-correct materials, tools, and techniques in their construction.[8]

Through public lectures Endersby has raised awareness about the value of antique buildings and preserving the agrarian history of colonial America. He and Greenwood are widely cited as timber framing experts,[9] and Endersby has assembled an archive documenting over 500 historical buildings.

Endersby has also worked to preserve the traditional vernacular architecture of the Dominican Republic, and has designed and built several structures on the North Coast.[10]


Endersby, often with Greenwood, has authored several books on the topic of barns, including "Barn: The Art of a Working Building,"[11] cited as an important resource on the topic.[12]

Awards and Honors

Endersby and the New Jersey Barn Company have received awards for their work, including:

  • 2010: New Jersey Historic Preservation Award, NJ Department of Environmental Protection[13]
  • 2004: American Institute of Architects: Award for Excellence in Architecture: Build Category
  • 1995: North American Timber Framers Guild: Outstanding Achievement in Design Award


  1. Stratton, Jean (July 27, 2005). "Elric Endersby Brings the Past to Life Through Preservation". No. Vol LIX No. 30. Princeton, New Jersey, USA: Town Topics. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  2. Connors, Joseph M. (1967). The Trinity College Handbook, 1967-68. Connecticut: Trinity College. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Shaheen, Jacqueline (September 8, 1991). "Demolish Historic Barns? Not if They Can Help It". New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  4. Reiss, Stephen (August 1, 1976). "Princeton: Memories On Tape". The New York Times. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  5. "Two historical Princeton area publications now freely available online". Princeton University Library. Princeton University. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  6. "Princeton Recollects". Historical Society of Princeton. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  7. Watson, Aaron T. "Mercer County (1974–present)". Howell Living History Farm. Mercer County Park Commission. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  8. Dube, Ilene (2019). "One Timber Frame at a Time". Princeton Magazine. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  9. Endersby, Elric (March 2010). "The Riddle of Tremblay". Timber Framing. No. 95: 18-22.
  10. Abel, Ann (March 28, 2016). "The Most Stylish New Hideaway in the Caribbean". Forbes.
  11. Endersby, Elric, Alexander Greenwood, and David Larkin. Barn: the art of a working building. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. 65. ISBN 0395573726
  12. Soike, Lowell (Spring 1993). "Barns Remembered, Documented, and Restored: A Review Essay". The Annals of Iowa (52): 190–194.
  13. "20th Annual Historic Preservation Awards". nj.gov. State of New Jersey. Retrieved June 27, 2021.

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