“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Troy in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Barn Church

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By Joel S., July 1, 2016
1. Barn Church Marker
Inscription.  Built by William Lakie as a dairy barn in 1912, this structure is now a church. At one time the electric interurban railway ran past this barn and picked up milk cans gathered from surrounding farms. After the Presbyterian Church purchased the building in 1928, they removed the silo and added a steeple and an appropriate entranceway. Thus the barn was adapted as a church with the hay loft becoming the chancel. The massive yet graceful lines of the former barn, now a Unitarian church, befit the spirit of a traditional house of worship.
Erected 1978 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L507.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureChurches & ReligionRailroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) ⛪ series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
Location. 42° 34.858′ N, 83° 8.898′ W. Marker is in Troy, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the
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By Joel S., July 1, 2016
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intersection of Livernois Road and Paragon Drive, on the right when traveling north on Livernois Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4230 Livernois Road, Troy MI 48098, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Green (approx. 0.2 miles away); Troy Township (approx. 0.4 miles away); Wattles House (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Polar Bears (approx. 0.8 miles away); Troy Corners (approx. 1.7 miles away); S.S. Kresge Company (approx. 2.4 miles away); The Kresge Foundation (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Academy of the Sacred Heart (approx. 4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Regarding Barn Church. The Barn Church is the home of Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.

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