This week’s Great American Barn comes from a Michigander with a passion for heritage barns across the U.S.
In retirement, Charles Leik, past president of the National Barn Alliance, spends his summers on the farm he was born in Portland, Mich.
While the property has only been in the family since 1984, the barn dates back to the 1930s.
The building is constructed of sawn and planed yellow pine. The interior layout was a grade-level drive-through with stables on either side and hay storage above it, housing a few dairy cows.
According to Leik, the interior has gone through some “aggressive steps” to renovate it and extend its life.
This summer, the barn was re-roofed and got a fresh coat of paint, both of which are key factors in preserving classic barns.
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