Posts Tagged "adaptive reuse"

Thinking about moving a barn?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in Barn Preservation, The Barn Journal | 10 comments

Guest post by member, Charles Bultman. He is an architect in Ann Arbor, Michigan who has been saving and adapting old, unwanted, barns into new uses; including homes, offices and retail spaces.  The scene is easily conjured; a barn in a field, quietly marking time. It’s a picture that lingers. Few things are as simple as an old barn. But that simplicity evaporates when we consider their future? There are about 660,000 historic barns left in the United States. And while that may sound like a lot, at the peak  of farming in America, around 1910, there were 6 million farms. If each farm...

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Michigan Barn Tour. Beauties of Central Michigan.

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in barn education, Barn Preservation, Featured Barn, The Barn Journal | Comments Off on Michigan Barn Tour. Beauties of Central Michigan.

The wind mills worked overtime as a cold wind whipped over the Michigan landscape as snow flurries fell from clouds. Both reminded everyone on the Michigan Barn Preservation Network annual conference bus tour that it was still winter. While the winter was cold, the mood on the tour was warm and excited to see beautiful barns. There were nine barns on this all day tour. Every barn has a story. 1. Auto-Owners Insurance Company Barn. This barn was originally built to house dairy cattle and contained one of the early milking parlor systems in Michigan. It is one of the very few Gothic style...

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