2019 Winners


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Awards Chair Keith Anderson congratulates the 2019 winners.

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network awarded the “Barn of the Year” designation in 3 categories at the 2019 Annual Conference. (Click on name for story.)

Mt. Bruce Barn

Owner: Peter Uhlianuk

Location: Romeo (Macomb County) in Southeast Michigan

Category: Continuing Agriculture

Use: Livestock barn

Prairie Bells Barn

Owners: Jim and Julia DeYoung

Location: Belding (Ionia County) in West Michigan

Category: Adaptive – Privately Owned

Use: Wedding and special events venue

Samels Barn

Owner: Samels Family Historical Society

Location: Williamsburg (Grand Traverse County) in Northern Michigan

Category: Adaptive – Non-profit

Use: Living history farmstead

2019 Awards Presentation

The awards were presented on June 1, 2019 at Dawn Farm in Ypsilanti as part of the annual conference of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.

Mt. Bruce Barn

Romeo, MI

Peter Uhlianuk (middle) receives the 2019 Barn of the Year Award for continuing agricultural use from Tom Irrer, MBPN president, (far left) and Keith Anderson, Awards chair, (far right).

Prairie Bells Barn

Belding, MI

Jim and Julia DeYoung receive the 2019 Barn of the Year award for restoration of Prairie Bells Barn. Pictured L to R: Tom Irrer, MBPN president; Julia DeYoung, owner; Jim DeYoung, owner; Chelsea Stitt, American Heritage Restoration; Keith Anderson, Awards chair; and Chad Stitt, American Heritage Restoration.

Samels Barn

Williamsburg, MI

On behalf of the Samels Family Heritage Society, Susan and Bob Hall (middle) accept the 2019 Barn of the Year Award for non-profit adaptive use from Tom Irrer, MBPN president, (far left) and Keith Anderson, Awards chair, (far right).