2020 Barn of the Year


MBPN recognized six barns and honored their owners at the  Annual Conference held Feb. 29, 2020 at Kellogg Center in East Lansing. This year’s entries revealed fascinating stories of tradition, family, determination, rugged work ethic, diversity and love.

Click on the barn name to read the story.

MacKenzie Farm Barn

Location: Adrian (Lenawee County) in southeastern Michigan

Built: Early 1900s

Owner: Allan & Virginia Langenderfer

Category: Continuing Agriculture

Use: Farm tractor, machinery storage, tool room, family event space

Brandt Barn

Location: Bay City (Bay County) in Michigan’s Thumb area

Owner: Jennifer & Rebecca Brandt

Built: 1929

Category: Continuing Agriculture

Use: Equipment storage for cash crop operation, granary, tool room

BoY - Buck Barn Sept 2020Buck Barn

Location: Ludington (Mason County) in West Michigan

Owner: Donald Buck

Built: 1898-1908

Contractor: American Heritage Barn Preservation

Category: Adaptive – Family-owned

Use: Family celebrations and recreation; storage

Gierok Barn

Location: Rochester Hills (Oakland County) in southeastern Michigan

Owner: Rochester University

Built: Early 1900s

Contractor: JDS Historical (Dean Sutton)

Category: Adaptive – Nonprofit

Use: Historic farmstead on campus; storage & maintenance facility

Brunson Barn

Location: Glen Arbor (Leelanau County) in northern Michigan

Owner: National Park Service, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Built: c. 1900

Category: Adaptive – Nonprofit

Use: Tourism – Port Oneida Rural Historic Park; storage

Heritage Wedding Barns

Location: Shelby (Oceana County) near Silver Lake Sand Dunes in West Michigan

Owner: Samuel IV & Jennifer Stitt

Contractor: Great Lakes Barn Preservation

Built: 1892

Category: Adaptive – Commercial

Use: Wedding and event venue