“[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

Our Board Members

Jon Radojkovic

Jon has owned and operated Skyhill Construction, a timber framing business, for over 30 years. For the last 16 years he has specialized in heritage barn repair (with his 3 sons). Jon and his wife operate an organic farm Freelance journalist, author of 2 books on barns, and photographer.

Krista Hulshof

Krista is an farm-raised architect and Owner of VELD architect who loves to re-purpose and bring life back into old barns. She practices just north of Stratford from her barn house and office.

Will Samis

Will farms beef and sheep and makes maple syrup near Iron Bridge. Active in local and provincial affairs. Organized and led several successful barn tours. Lead volunteer in moving, restoration and re-purposing of Cordukes/Weber 12 sided barn in Sowerby!

Matt Sommerville

Matt is a planner by profession in Toronto and a brewery owner by passion near Port Perry. He studied heritage and urban design and is committed to the development of an innovative value-added rural economy and rural heritage.

Don Hillborn

Don Hilborn and his wife operate Red Barn Berries in Oxford County for the last 30 years. Over the years he have worked on maintaining the Red barn while keeping its original character.  He also a former agricultural engineer with the Ontario government and a creator of the MDS program at OMAFRA.

Jim Cambell


As the principal of ROCKSIDE CAMPBELL near Duntroon, Jim and his team spend their days within a re-erected barn-studio designing projects which often incorporate the beautiful sculptural qualities of historic barn frames and materials

Hugh Fraser

Hugh is a semi-retired agricultural engineer. He grew up on a dairy farm and has been in well over a thousand barns. Hugh now owns the consulting business ‘OTB Farm Solutions’ and recently authored a book entitled ‘Swing Beam Barns of Niagara

Joan Corbett

My love for old barns dates back to my childhood spending summers living below a farm. I was able to roam the farm but the barn was/is special. It is still standing today.

This could be you!!


At the moment all the director positions are filled, but we are always on the lookout for replacements when the time comes. Feel free to reach out and let us know if you are interested.

Regional Reps

We have identified 12 major regions in Ontario that you may find your local rep. Contact us to get their information.

  1.  Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay
  2. Cochrane and  Temiskaming
  3. Algoma, Manitoulin and  Sudbury.
  4. Parry Sound, Nippising and Muskoka.
  5. Renfrew, Lanark, Ottawa and Prescott & Russell.
  6. Lennox & Addington, Leeds & Grenville, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
  7. Haliburton, Kawartha, Hastings, Prince Edward and Northumberland.
  8. Simcoe, York, Peel, Halton and Durham.
  9. X Grey, Bruce and Dufferin.
  10. Huron, Wellington, Perth and Waterloo.
  11. Middlesex ,Elgin, Chatham Kent, Essex and Lambton.
  12. X Oxford, Norfolk, Brant, Haldimand, Hamilton and Niagara. 

Wes Wilson

Oxford, Elgin, District
Wes is currently finishing his degree in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering at Carleton, which is the conservation of existing and historic structures. He is spearheading our planning policy and severance work as is relates to barns!

Dr. John Carter

Bruce, Grey & Dufferin
Dr. John C. Carter is a widely known Ontario museologist, author, and historian. Over the past 40 years, he has documented, researched, recorded, published articles about, and promoted the preservation of Ontario’s built rural heritage.

Bruce Godkin

Huron, Wellington, Perth & Waterloo
Bruce is a trained civil engineer as well a Owner of Nostalgic wood near Walton, ON. They specialize is timber frame reclaim and rebuilds as well as providing architectural products from reclaim timbers. His extensive look at barns frames(over 100/year!) has given him a detailed knowledge and history of barn frames in Ontario. He has a passion to keeping our heritage frames stay in Ontario!

Jenny Phillips

Middlesex, Elgin, Chatham Kent and Lambton
Jenny is an artist who delights in recording the vanishing rural landscape of southwestern Ontario and her work can be seen in her studio in Dutton.
Jenny’s lighthearted cartoons of life on the farm were a feature of ‘Farming Today’, and she is also about a myriad of topics.

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Regional Rep

We are always looking for more help. Many hands make light work and having local knowledge and connections is invaluable! Contact us today if youa re interested.


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