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Museum barn restoration nears completion

March 27, 2013

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The 1927 calf barn at the Rochester Hills Museum is currently under restoration. The restoration blends old construction with new.

ROCHESTER HILLS — Weddings, events and activities will be held this summer in a newly restored historic barn at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm.

“We will use it for a variety of museum events by the first week in May,” said Pat McKay, museum supervisor. “We are very excited. It has been a huge labor of love.”

The 1927 Van Hoosen calf barn is part of the Van Hoosen Farm property off of Tienken Road, east of Rochester Road, that was acquired by the city in 1989. The roof of the calf barn collapsed during the summer of 1990 and was removed.

The first phase of the barn restoration blends the concrete blocks, stones and footings of the previous structure with a new upper section, roof, windows, doors and more. “We are being very conscious of the original architecture,” McKay said.

Painting will begin on the barn as soon as the weather warms up. “The Stoney Creek High School hockey team has volunteered to paint,” McKay said.

A second phase, planned to begin at the end of this year, will add an upper floor to the calf barn building. “An enclosed area will be for museum archives,” said Patrick Endres, museum staff assistant.

“We have funds available, but fundraising is still going on,” McKay said. The calf barn restoration was funded entirely by private donations that included a $100,000 pledge from former U.S. Rep. William Broomfield.

Eight windows on the parking lot side of the barn will each feature a prominent Rochester area family, recognizing their contributions to the building effort. “It will be a connection to the privately raised funds for the building,” McKay said.

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is a complex of historical buildings located in historic Stoney Creek Village. The museum celebrates five generations of the Taylor-Van Hoosen families and the lives of the family members.

Museum buildings include the 1840 Van Hoosen farmhouse, the 1850 Red House, the 1927 dairy barn and the 1848 schoolhouse. The museum is surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and grounds, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

For more information about the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, visit

About the author

Staff Writer Linda Shepard covers Rochester Hills and Oakland Township for the Rochester Post. Shepard has worked for C & G Newspapers since 1998, graduated from Oakland University and is a past winner of the Michigan Press Association award. Shepard takes an avid interest in Detroit’s history and current rebirth.

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