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Award of Distinction Application

The Iowa Barn Foundation’s Award of Distinction program recognizes historic barns which have been restored by their owners.  Recipients of the award receive a distinctive award plaque to display on their barn and are invited to participate in our annual all-state fall barn tour each year (one weekend in September).

Applications being submitted for a structure must meet the following criteria:

  • STRUCTURES TO BE CONSIDERED MUST MEET ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA TO BE CONSIDERED.
    • A. The structure must be no less than 50 years old.
    • B. The structure exhibits unique or distinctive methods of construction, materials, finishes or examples of craftsmanship.
    • C. The structure contributes in a significant way to the appearance of the rural landscape and/or the community identity.
    • D. The structure is associated with lives of persons or events significant to Iowa’s history.
  • NOTE: Barns must be restored consistent with the original construction materials (exception made for metal roofing).

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Iowa Barn Foundation. Call or email:

Dave Austin, Phone – 515-201-4517; Email – iowabarnfoundation@gmail.com

To apply by mail, click here to download a PDF version of the application.


MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICATION

Applications require either the applicant and/or barn owner to be an active member donor of the Iowa Barn Foundation. Active membership requries a minimum $50 donation in the past 12 months. Click here for membership information.