Since 2002, Shelburne Farms has completed major rehabilitation projects on two contributing buildings within the Shelburne Farms Historic District that have considerably increased protection at the buildings and significantly decreased the threat of loss of integrity. As noted in the 2002 assessment, the antiquated and inadequate electrical system of Shelburne House was replaced in part with a $215,000 Save Americas Treasures grant. Additional work associated with that project included the installation of supplementary life safety equipment in the building , and the cleaning, repair and rewiring of over 200 historic light fixtures original to the house.
A second project that greatly diminished threat was the installation of a fire suppression system in the monumental Breeding Barn, one of the most unique and outstanding agricultural building examples from the time period. The work, completed in 2003, consisted of the installation of an effective fire suppression sprinkler system throughout the barn. The installation was essential to the buildings continued preservation and will enable it in the future to be used more extensively as a great hall for agricultural, educational, cultural and community events.
In addition, Shelburne Farms is currently completing comprehensive structural and conditions surveys of each of the seven contributing resources located within the Southern Acres portion of the property. Funded by a $75,000 Architectural Conservation Grant from the Getty Foundation, this assessment will be completed in 2004 and will support preparation of a thorough conservation plan for the buildings located there. Prior to the survey, emergency stabilization work consisting of roof repairs was completed at the Old Dairy Barn on Southern Acres, stabilizing the barn until plans for its reuse are complete. The condition of the Shelburne Farms Historic District remains satisfactory. Shelburne Farms continues to plan for the conservation of its historic resources to make possible the long term preservation of the buildings and structures, landscape, and associated collections that make up the landmark property.