New to the MBPN
A total redesign of the resources represented by our existing data has resulted in a new exciting presentation with our new data bases.
"Barns of the Year and Pride of Ownership" as well as "Event Barns, Consultants and Contractors, and Barn Ads" are our newest data base resources. Follow the two links on the left.
A recently published collection of the "Barns of Mackinac County", Michigan has been added. Researched, written and compiled by R.V. ("Dick") Dietrich, professor emeritus C.M.U, this publication is provided in its' entirety. Follow the "Barns of Mackinac County" link on the left.
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Barn Preservation Network Barn Recognition
MBPN Barns of the
MBPN annually honors existing Michigan barns that exemplify outstanding
character in our state.
The Barns of the Year
awards include four categories:
1) Continued Family/Private Agricultural Use,
Agricultural or Adaptive Use, and
Agricultural or Adaptive Use.
The barn must be used for one of these
purposes and must retain its overall appearance, i.e. both interior and
exterior barn characteristics. The barn
must have been built before 1959.
Nominations are open to the public, reviewed and determined
by MBPN committee members and awarded to the barn owners at the MBPN annual
conference in spring each year.
Barn Preservation Network Pride of Ownership!
MBPN board members honor Michigan barns with structural integrity and
visual appeal in our state. The award is a Pride of Ownership Certificate from the
MBPN presented to the barn owner when the board member determines appropriate.
This list identifies the barns throughout Michigan that are available for various types of events. The list contains wedding barns, museums, business meetings, etc. There is a primary and secondary use listed. Details are displayed in a separate window by selecting the magnifying glass icon in the far left column of each barn. A Google map can also be displayed by selecting the MAP button.
Barn Rehabilitation Contractor and Consultant List
This list identifies contractors,
consultants, and other individuals who work on traditional barns and who can
provide consultation about and the actual work of barn rehabilitation, repair,
These barn workers submit their own
information and pay fee to be listed here. This list is provided as a service
and does not endorse or recommend those included. Updated January, 2012.
See also FAQs and the "Rehabilitation
References" (below) for essays on: restoring your barn, hiring a
contractor, property tax relief and historic tax incentives.
Ads of ‘barns available’ and ‘barns wanted’ are presented as a service to help avoid the destruction of valuable
resources. General descriptive information and photographs are provided along
with contact information that allows owners and seekers to communicate with one
To post a listing please provide information and
a photo to the Communications Committee.
here are downloadable and provided to assist you.
and Historic Preservation Tax Incentives in Michigan
Taxes And Restored Barns By Gary Howell
Tax Relief Using The Mathieu-Gast Act
Moving Barns - By Ken Brock
Exhibit Available-- "Preserving Michigan's Barns"
"Preserving Michigan's Barn"
is available for loan. It showcases the rich diversity of Michigan barns, and
provides examples of adaptive re-use of barns for agriculture, community,
business, and home. The exhibit overviews the work of MBPN and challenges
viewers to get involved in their communities and through the network.
Contact Jack Worthington, MBPN board member for information and availability:
The exhibit is comprised of six 7' tall banners and banner stands. For
details and content download this pdf and zoom in. Click to
of a maximum of $250 are available that defray costs of educational activities
related to barn preservation.
Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey
Volunteers are surveying barns and farmsteads in their
community as part of this documentation project. The survey is fun to do! It
involves driving all the roads in a township, taking photographs of the barns
you see, and filling out a survey form for each farmstead.