Historic barns are not just rural relics, they are important tangible reminders of Ohio's rural heritage. Many barns and other older farm buildings can
be rehabilitated to accommodate modern farming practices. The Ohio
Historic Preservation Office and the OSU-Extension encourage owners to maintain their historic buildings for future generations to use and
Barn Information for You
This contractors list should not be considered a referral or recommendation of the work of anyone on the list. You may also contact your county
extension agent for the names of local barn contractors that may not be on this list. Click
here for a list of extension offices. We suggest interviewing several people before selecting a
contractor. Be sure to ask for client references, examples of previous work, cost estimates and a time schedule for completing the work.
To assist owners in rehabilitating and maintaining their historic barns, we have compiled a packet of practical information and advice including:
a list of barn contractors and consultants with experience in barn repair
a bibliography of historic barns and agricultural outbuildings
suggested steps for looking at your old barn
information about the Barn Again! program
National Park Service Preservation Brief 20, The Preservation of Historic Barns
Information on federal tax credits for rehabilitating historic farm buildings
To obtain a barn packet, contact the Ohio Historic Preservation Office at 614-298-2000. For a copy of the contractors list only, click
here to download the list.in Adobe pdf format.
Financial Assistance for the Rehabilitation of Historic Barns
Presently there are no grants available for the rehabilitation of historic barns. There are 20 percent and 10 percent federal rehabilitation tax
credits available for the rehabilitation of certain income producing properties. If you are interested in applying for the 20 percent tax credit,
contact the Ohio Historic Preservation Office at 614-298-2000 for more detailed information. For advice on the 10 percent credit, contact your tax
Barn Again! Is a program sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine. The program:
promotes the preservation and practical use of older barns for today’s farming needs
provides practical, up-to-date information and technical assistance to barn owners
presents annual awards for excellence in barn rehabilitation
For more information visit
Friends of Ohio Barns
Friends of Ohio's Barns is Ohio's statewide advocacy organziation for Ohio's barns. They offer an annual Ohio Barn Conference, conduct barn tours,
workshops and barn surveys and publish a quarterly newsletter. For more information visit
Friends of Ohio Barns.
Barn Preservation Activities in Eleven States
Highlighted in Recent Publication
Eleven states have developed innovative programs to help preserve and find new uses for older and historic barns. These programs are highlighted in
a publication available from
Preservation Books, Protecting Older and Historic Barns through Barn Preservation Programs. This 20-page booklet,
written by Jennifer Goodman and Bill Kimball, is designed to help individuals and state and local preservation organizations start barn preservation
programs. To order this booklet visit www. preservationbooks.org.
For more information about barn preservation contact the Ohio Historic Preservation Office at 614-298-2000.