Winners will be announced in March.
This is the 24th year the Michigan Barn Preservation Network has presented “Barn of the Year” Awards. Over the past quarter century, a total of 90 barns from across Michigan have been recognized for their unique qualities and/or preservation efforts.
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.
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.
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.
Four items are required for the submission:
- A completed application form
- A written narrative
- Photographs (24 maximum)
- A completed Michigan Barn & Farmstead Inventory
See 2021 Barn of the Year application form as a sample. For questions, contact the program chairman, Keith Anderson.
Click here for database of Barn of the Year winners from 1997 to 2016. Also see showcase of winners from recent years: