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Posted on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 4:04 p.m.

New roofs coming to Ann Arbor's Cobblestone Farm and events barn

By Ben Freed

The historic Ticknor-Campbell cobblestone farmhouse and its neighboring events barn in Ann Arbor have both been plagued recently by roof leaks.

The Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution Monday to authorize new roofs for both buildings at the Cobblestone Farm property on Packard Road.


In addition to the farmhouse and barn, the Cobblestone Farm Association also looks after the Willis Log Cabin, built in 1837.

Alan Warren | File photo

The farmhouse, built in 1844, has had the same cedar shingle roof since 1977, five years after the city acquired the house from its previous owner. According to an architectural company hired to review the building in 2012, “the roof is in poor condition and weathered beyond repair.”

The house is a historic building, and the roof will be repaired with traditional cedar shakes and copper flashing. The cost for repairing the roof as estimated by the lowest submitted bid, approved by the city council, will be $62,500.

The events barn was constructed in the late 1980s and has not had a new roof since its construction. According to a staff report submitted to the city council, “repeated patching of the roof is no longer practical or effective.”

The shingles on the barn will be replaced with a composite material produced by Enviroshake. The material is created from a combination of primarily recycled materials including post-industrial plastics and recycled rubber. The Historic District Commission staff approved the alternate material that, according to Environshake, is completely maintenance-free.

Roof replacement on the barn will cost $47,000 bringing the total replacement cost for the two roofs to $109,500. Renaissance Restorations, Inc., headquartered in West Bloomfield, won the contract. The resolution to approve the contract passed by a vote of 10-0 with Mike Anglin (D-5th Ward) absent.

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Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

As far as I recall, the Events Barn was completed in 1992. Could you double check the build date? Maybe it just took a long time to build...

Linda Peck

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 11:48 p.m.

That seems like a lot of money for the new roof.


Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

It was competitively bid .... what more would you suggest ?

Jessica Riney

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 11:45 p.m.

any information on when the updates are scheduled to be done? I'm getting married there this summer, hopefully it will be done by then or at least not in the middle of the project!

Jessica Riney

Fri, Jan 11, 2013 : 1:10 a.m.

Cobblestone saw this comment, looked up my contact information, and called me just so I wouldn't worry....the project is being started this month.


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 11:42 p.m.

If the condemned houses on Main Street could only look so good. Cobblestone Farm is actually a wonderful place for intimate occasions (the social events barn is all modernized inside and perfect for weddings, receptions, etc.). All of the Buhr Park parking lots nearby were refurbished last year so with a new roof the staffed Farm should continue providing its unique value to patrons for a long time to come.

Elijah Shalis

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 11:34 p.m.

Perhaps they would take better care of their animals. I have thought about reporting them to animal control because of their food and water is always muddy.


Thu, Jan 10, 2013 : 10:23 a.m.

the critters can handle it with no problems.


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 10:29 p.m.

It is Ticknor, not "Tincknor"

Ben Freed

Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 10:43 p.m.

You're absolutely right. Apologies for the error, I was using the city council's notes which had the same misspelling. It's been corrected in the article.


Wed, Jan 9, 2013 : 10:04 p.m.

I'm curious, what was the original cost of the Cobblestone Events Barn?