“[It’s] possible that millions now living in North America have never seen a barn, let alone been in one. In the foreseeable future there is more than a possibility that for many the kind of barn illustrated in these pages will no be there to see.”

– Eric Ross Arthur & Dudley Whitney, Authors: Barn: A Vanishing Landmark in North America


The Ontario Barn Preservation Is dedicated to preserving our heritage barns. We are a not-for-profit organization. Heritage barns are not only beautiful pieces of architecture and craftsmanship, they contribute to our rural landscape and as they disappear Ontario’s landscape is permanently changed. Ontario Barn Preservation provides resources, advice, connections, events, and services to preserve our barns.

Mission Statement

Ontario Barn Preservation is organized and shall be operated as a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation for charitable and educational purposes for the following purposes:

  • Promote the identification, documentation, protection, and preservation of heritage barns, other farm buildings, farm sites, through photographs, and cataloguing the resulting information. Generate a fund to help restore approved heritage barns.
  • Provide opportunities for the exchange of information through the web site, meetings, lectures, classes, tours and workshops, and by providing individual technical assistance as appropriate for the purposes of the organization. Optimize outreach efforts through media outlets, sponsor research and studies, and publish resource information regarding historic barns and farms. Develop an approved list of technical consultants and qualified barn contractors. Assist local governments with information that will help guide their efforts to preserve heritage barns
  • Work with agricultural organizations, local provincial and federal government officials to develop policies that promote barn preservation.
  • Encourage and support the development of regional and local barn organizations that will network with this province-wide organization. Work with existing groups that share an interest in the past, present and future of Ontario’s agricultural community and like minded organizations around the world.
  • Facilitate the sharing of information about barns, their history, and their maintenance through the web site, social media and other communication methods.

See Our Board Members and Regional Representatives


These are some of the great organizations that help up do what we do.

Ontario Historical Society
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University of Guelph
VELD Architect


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