Promoting Appreciation, Preservation, and Rehabilitation of Michigan Barns, Farmsteads, and Rural Communities
Breaking New Ground
2016 Annual Spring Conference and Barn Tour, May 6-7, Coopersville Farm Museum, Coopersville, Michigan. Click here for details & Registration.
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The Granary has found a new Home!
MBPN has completed the sale of the Granary to a family in Bruce Township, Michigan.
2015 Barns of the Year
The Schumaker’s purchased the farm in 1990. The house and barn were in very poor condition. The barn had missing roofing and siding, all the windows were out and the doors were missing.
The Nussdorfer family purchased the three bay timber frame structure with a gable roof. It has pegged mortise and tenon joinery. It was constructed with a mixture of hand hewn and sawn timbers ranging in a variety of sizes including 9”x 9”, 10”x 9” and 12”x 9”. It was a multi-level bank barn with the dairy cow area beneath a hayloft.
Built in 1921 as a 40’ x 80’ nine stall horse barn with a large tack room, drive through scale house (in floor scale with beam scale), and full hayloft with chutes to the stalls. The “Girl on the swing in the hayloft” was added by Scott Hagan an artist from Ohio.
This a three bay 30 x 40 Midwestern barn which was saved and converted to the centerpiece and gathering place for a working farm and venue space. Timbers in the barn were dated as early as 1837 later timbers 1895. The barn was disassembled and restored by an Ohio barn wright. A new foundation was built and the two mated back together in 2014.
Van Hoosen Farm Calf Barn
The calf barn was originally built in 1927, at the Van Hoosen Farm in Rochester Hills. This barn lost its roof in 1989 and remained in ruin with just the original walls until efforts began on restoration in 2012. The concrete blocks, stone and footings of the original structure were restored with a new upper section, roof, windows, doors and more, duplicating the original characteristics of the 1927 barn. The calf barn restoration was funded entirely by private donations. Future plans include the addition of heat, and perhaps restrooms. Many weddings, parties and other events have been held at the barn.
This barn was built in two increments with the original (pre-1900) consisting of about 700 sq. ft. footprint and the second, major structure being added sometime later, circa 1910, consisting of about 2100 sq.ft. The structure is of post and beam construction with the original roofline being a gable and the newer, added, portion being gambrel with a cupola, raised ramp, board and batten exterior, all of which sit on a two foot thick split fieldstone foundation. Each portion has two floors. Within the upper level are a granary, a large storage room and main hay barn. The newer portion of the barn includes two haymows.