This is made all the more sad because seeing the building on Saturday cemented our love for it. Even the current owners are wonderful, and had hoped to be able to use the building - however it's condition is such that it has to be torn down before it can get rebuilt (it leans, sags and probably sways in the breeze). That said, there's very little rot, and it still has an intact interior, which we weren't expecting, and the floor and ceiling joists are huge hand hewn timbers. The floor is nice pine that matches what's in our house, and the shutters and windows are beautiful, and mostly intact.
We have a neighbor who owns as excellent excavation and foundation company coming by this evening to talk things over with us. But if the news continues to be bad I doubt I'll post any further updates, it just hurts too badly to think of it getting used for firewood (yup, the other person interested in it). So maybe it is the time to panic after all . . .