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Barn of the Year nominations sought

Courtesy MBPN 2021 Barn of the Year
2021 WINNER: This barn is all that remains of the Leelanau County Poor Farm of Maple City that served indigent families until closing in 1960. In 2021, the barn received designation as Barn of the Year by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network.
Applications for the Michigan award must be received by Jan. 31.

Barn owners who have made the extra effort to maintain or restore historic barns are encouraged to submit nominations for the 2022 Michigan Barn of the Year Awards.

The annual awards are given out by the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, and over the past quarter century, a total of 95 barns from across Michigan have been recognized for their unique qualities or preservation efforts.

The Barn of the Year program annually honors existing Michigan barns that support the ongoing mission to preserve agricultural heritage exemplified by its barns. Nominated barns 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. Nominations are open to the public, reviewed and determined by MBPN awards committee members.

The categories in which awards are presented for barns in use are:

Continuing agricultural use. Family (private), nonprofit or commercial.

Adapted to other uses. Family (private), nonprofit or commercial.

Barns will be judged for completeness of information presented in the application, sensitivity and integrity of repairs or modifications, visual appeal, creativity, thoroughness of work, and effort expended to repair and maintain.

Four items are required for the submission:

  • a completed one-page application form
  • a written narrative of the barn's history and restoration efforts
  • photographs
  • completed Michigan Barn & Farmstead Inventory

Applications may be reviewed and printed from, or a hard copy may be requested by contacting program chairman Keith Anderson at [email protected] or 616-540-6701. Nominations must be postmarked by Jan. 31.

For additional information about the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, visit

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