Post & Beam Park Structures

Citizen's Park

Outdoor Theater with Timber Posts, an Arched Beam and a Sturdy Timber Roof

Citizen’s Park is in Barrington, Illinois just outside of Chicago. Vermont Timber Works constructed timber framed gazebos, shelters, pavilions, and an amphitheater and a warming shelter for the park.

We worked with general contractor Stuckey Construction and Williams Associates Architects. The photographs on this page were taken by Robert McKendrick.

All of our frames are handcrafted to meet exact project requirements and we enjoy working with our clients to make sure the details – from design to finish – are just right.

If you like these park frames, or have timber work questions, we invite you to get in contact or ask an expert!

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The completed frames show off decisions that were made early in the design process, like how to finish and join the timber. These frames were constructed using douglas fir timber and were joined with mortise & tenon cuts as well as galvanized steel.

Ceiling Beams

Timber Building at Citizen's Park With a Beautiful Overhang and Stone Columns

Timber Overhang and Stone Columns

Beautiful Stone and Timber Building at Citizen's Park

Beautiful Stone and Timber Exterior

Timber Frame Picnic Shelter with stone post bases at Citizen's Park in Barrington, Illinois

Outdoor Theater with Stone Post Bases

Post Bases


After a timber frame has been fabricated, our crew often travels to the job site to assemble and raise the frame. The same people who cut the frame do the assembly.

Outdoor Theater At Citizen's Park in Construction

Amphitheater Frame Under Construction

Outdoor Timber Frame Theater

Timber Pavilion

Stone and Timber Entrance to Citizen's Park

Entrance to Citizen's Park

Timber Frame Gazebo in Construction at Citizen's Park

Gazebo Roof

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The timber frame design process involves a series of sketches and review with the client and their architect — including a 3D model of the frame — until there is an approved final design. With the final design, detailed 2D shop drawings are created and used to fabricate the frame.

During the design process, our in-house structural engineer evaluates frames to make sure they meet local and national building codes. We are experts at designing for heavy snow loads (being from New England) and also design for hurricanes and earthquakes.

Shelter Perspectives

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Shelter Frame Plans

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Gazebo Frame Plans

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Amphitheater Frame Plans

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