Wilson Barn

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Wilson Barn
Wilson Barn Livonia MI.jpg
Wilson Barn is located in Michigan
Wilson Barn
Wilson Barn is located in the US
Wilson Barn
Location NE corner of Middlebelt and W. Chicago Rds., Livonia, Michigan
Coordinates 42°21′53″N 83°19′55″W / 42.36472°N 83.33194°W / 42.36472; -83.33194Coordinates: 42°21′53″N 83°19′55″W / 42.36472°N 83.33194°W / 42.36472; -83.33194
Area 4.8 acres (1.9 ha)
Built 1888
Architect John H. Paterson
Architectural style Bank Barn
NRHP Reference # 73000962[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 12, 1973
Designated MSHS November 15, 1973[2]

The Wilson Barn (also known as the Ira Wilson Dairy Barn) is a barn located at the northeast corner of Middlebelt and W. Chicago Roads in Livonia, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973.[1][2]


Farmyard with barn and house
Barn and silo aerial

Ira Wilson was born in 1867, and began his career in dairy farming at an early age, working on the farm owned by his family since 1847.[2] He built a barn on this site in 1888; in 1919 the barn burned and he built the present structure on the foundations of the earlier barn.[2] Wilson eventually established a million-dollar dairy, creamery, and trucking business, the Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy,[2] and served for two terms as Wayne County sheriff.[3] Wilson died in 1944, and the lower level of the barn was converted for use as a horse stable in the same year.[2]

As of 2011, the Wilson Barn is managed by "The Friends of the Barn," a volunteer group.[4]


The barn is a post-and-beam structure faced with wood siding, resting on a stone foundation and having a gambrel roof.[2] A silo made of dark brown, glazed tile is attached to the barn.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Wilson Barn from the state of Michigan, retrieved 1/5/10
  3. ^ MacGregor, David (2005). Livonia. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 68–69. ISBN 0738534250. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  4. ^ "ABOUT FRIENDS OF THE BARN". Friends of the Barn. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 

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