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
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.
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).
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.
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).