Barn at Nature Center Wins Barn of the Year for Adaptive Reuse

June 10, 2008

barnThe barn at the Mount Union College John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center won Barn of the Year for Adaptive Reuse through Friends of Ohio Barns.

Built in the mid 1860s, the barn and has seen many upgrades recently,  including new wooden siding on two sides of the barn, new wood in the center of the floor using lumber from the property and a new coat of paint. This summer, the roof will also be replaced.

Members of the Nature Center team attended a conference in Springfield, Ohio recently to accept the award. The weekend included barn tours, resources for people who work on barns and conference sessions.

“Friends of Ohio barns look at barns as an art,” said Mike Greiner, property manager of the Nature Center.

The Nature Center submitted an application through the Ohio group which included old stories about the barn. Friends of Ohio looks at the quality of the barn as well as what has been done to remodel it. One winner was chosen for adaptive use and one for agricultural use.

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