Barn of the Year

2022 Barn Winners

American Boy Farms

Location: Cheboygan, MI (Cheboygan County)

Owners: Toni & Josh Johnson

Contractor: Perry Neuman

Distinguishing Features: Gothic-style with a unique arched roof formed by trusses made from 1”x4”s; iconic flag.

Year Built: Early 1940s

Category: Continuing Agriculture – Family

Use: Preserved and moved to new site for 5th and 6th generation


Weisberg Barn

Location: Milford, MI (Oakland County)

Owners: Matthew & Joan Weisberg

Restorer: JDS Historical (Dean Sutton)

Year Built: 1870s

Distinguishing Features: Cupola and “barn red” paint

Category: Adaptive Reuse – Family

New Use: Hangout for family & friends, exercising/workout space and storage.


Griffin Barn

Location: West Branch, MI at Ogemaw County Fairgrounds

Owner: Ogemaw County

Donor/Applicant: Family of Bob Griffin by his son Bob Griffin, Jr.

Year Built: Early 1900s

Distinguishing Features: 60’ x 40’ gable-roofed bank barn with hand-hewn beams

Category: Adaptive Reuse – Non-Profit

New Use: Community building in antique village at fairgrounds


The Olde Stone Porch Barn

Location: Ionia, MI (Ionia County)

Owners: Conley Family – Warren, Sharon and Kiel

Year Built: Two phases – 1850s and 1880s

Distinguishing Features: Gable-roofed barn on farmstead with unique brick and granite stone house

Category: Adaptive Reuse – Commercial

New Use: Wedding & event venue


Rochester Hills Museum at

Van Hoosen Farm

Location: Rochester Hills, MI (Oakland County)

Owner: City of Rochester Hills

Applicant: Patrick McKay, Museum Manager

Year Built: 1927 for Dairy Operations

Distinguishing Features: Glazed block exterior of barn and 2 silos

Category: Farmstead Adaptive Reuse – Non-Profit

Use: Local history museum complex with other preserved barns and milk house. Wedding venue and event rental.


Maxwell Farms

Location: Washington, MI (Macomb County)

Owners: Dr. Case & Peg Hoonhout

Year Built: 1930s for Grade A dairy operations

Distinguishing Features: Farmstead with main residence, several barns, carriage house, farm hand house, milk house and shop, all restored by the Hoonhout family over 40 year period.

Category: Farmstead Adaptive Reuse – Commercial and Family

Use: Stony Creek Veterinary Hospital and owner’s residence


Here’s How to Enter Your Barn

To be eligible, the barn must be in-use, either for continued agricultural use or adapted for other uses. Barns must retain their overall appearance — both in their interior and exterior barn characteristics.

Categories:

Award categories cover barns that continue to be used for agriculture and those that are adapted for other uses and whether the barn is family-owned or the project of a non-profit or commercial entity.

  • Continuing Agricultural Use – Family (Private), Non-Profit or Commercial
  • Adapted to Other Uses – Family (Private), Non-Profit or Commercial

Evaluation

Nominated barns are judged on (1) completeness of information presented in the application, (2) sensitivity and integrity of repairs or modifications, (3) visual appeal, (4) creativity, (5) thoroughness of work and (6) effort expended to repair and maintain.

Application Componets:

Four items are required for the submission:

Submissions for 2023 will be accepted for 90 days beginning Nov. 1, 2022 and ending Jan. 31, 2023. Click here for sample application form. 

For questions, contact the program chairman, Keith Anderson.  E-mail: klanderson42@gmail.com or Mobile: 616-540-6701.  


Past Awardees 

A total of 101 barns from across Michigan have been recognized for their unique qualities and/or preservation efforts since the award program began more than a quarter century ago.

2021 Winners

Five barns were  selected to receive recognition as Barn of the Year for 2021. Click on the barn name for more information.

Concordia Hills Barn

Location:  Farwell, MI in Isabella County

Owner:  Jeffrey & Michelle Thompson

Category: Family—Continuing Agriculture

Built: 1884 (date carved on SW gable end)

Most unusual feature: Never-painted siding

Current use: Storage of hay from working fields; future plans for “agritainment” – fall apple cider and spring maple syrup.

Eisenmann Barn

Location:  Palmyra, MI in Lenawee County

Owners:  Tom & Kathy Eisenmann

Category: Family—Adapted to Other Uses

Built: Circa 1850-60

Most unusual feature: Roof

Current use: Party barn; “man cave” with regular and antique tools/equipment; tractor storage.

Yellow Horse Farms Barn

Location:  Pellston, MI in Emmet County

Owners:  Tonya & Gus Boening

Category: Family—Adapted to Other Uses

Built: Late 1800s to early 1900s

Most unique feature: American flag added to S. exterior.

Current use: Special events and storage

Poor Farm Barn

Location:  Maple City, MI in Leelanau County

Owner/Applicant:  Leelanau County/Save the Poor Farm Barn, a project of the Leelanau Co. Historic Preservation Society

Category: Non-Profit—Adapted to Other Uses

Built: 1911

Most unique features: Early use of poured concrete, shawver truss system

Current use: Part of Myles Kimmerly County Park

Dickerson Barn

Location: Salem Township, MI in Washtenaw County

Owner:  Salem Area Historical Society

Category: Non-Profit—Adapted to Other Uses

Built: 1830

Most unique feature: Oldest timber frame barn in Washtenaw County

Current use: Local history education in Jarvis Stone School Historic District

Click here for in-depth 2021 winner profiles.

Great Michigan Barns

These six “runner-up” barns in this year’s competition are deserving of recognition for their unique characteristics and history:

  1. Trails End Barn (Kalkaska)
  2. Applegate Barn (Grand Blanc)
  3. DeYoung Barn (Hudsonville)
  4. Lazy J Ranch Barn (Milford)
  5. Hattie & Emmet McCrumb Barn (Portland)
  6. Valdez Barn (Ann Arbor)

The preservation stories of these designated “Great Michigan Barns” will be featured in the MBPN Newsletter. Board members will personally deliver framed Certificates of Appreciation to the owners. (See a photo of the honored barn on each award plaque.)

Winner Database and Profile

Click here for database of Barn of the Year winners from 1997 to 2016. Also see showcase of winners from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.