Representative Anne Gonzales has introduced a bill into the Ohio House of Representatives that would designate the barn as the official historical architectural structure of the state.
During a February 14 Hearing for HB 12 before the House State and Local Government committee, Rep. Gonzales said that the bill is the work of five students from the Westerville City Schools Gifted Education Program. These students felt strongly that the barn should be designated the official historical architectural structure of the state of Ohio. "I believe that it is important to cherish and preserve the architectural relics that are such an important part of our rural heritage," Rep. Gonzales said. In response to Chairwoman Anielski's inquiry, Rep. Gonzales said that the barn would be the first architectural structure categorized as a historical structure in Ohio and that the eighth grade students who approached her intend to give testimony at a later hearing.
Rep. Perales commended Rep. Gonzales for her efforts to engage students.