It’s Official – Iconic ‘To God Be The Glory’ Barn Being Restored

Stephenson County, Illinois — The iconic barn located in Stephenson County that since 1972 has looked out over motorists on Highway 20 with its unique family sent message is officially being restored.

The barn, built in 1915, was given a new purpose in 1972 by three brothers and their father, when the barn needed a new roof.


Brothers Steve, Jeff and Terry Crull with their father Gilbert devised a way to use the barn to send a message to all who passed it. What you see today, is what they came up with.

Over the past couple years we’ve aired a few ‘shout outs’ to our old iconic barn on the highway. Just a few posts on social media to keep the barn alive in our community a little. Our most recent airing brought again a renewed public interest in the barn, and much talk of it needing a new roof.

Good news, we’ve just been informed that the ‘To God Be the Glory Barn’ is being restored thanks to Earl Klinger, (Klinger road) and a gentleman named Nate, as an effort to keep this iconic landmark visible for the next generation. Looks like work has already started on the project as well. (see progress – also shown above)

We’re told donations are being accepted at German American State Bank from anyone who would like to help offset the costs to restore the barn. Just tell the bank you want to give to the ‘To God Be the Glory Barn’.

We do not at this time know all of the work being done to the barn.



One thought on “It’s Official – Iconic ‘To God Be The Glory’ Barn Being Restored

  • April 21, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Does anyone know the scope of work needing to be done? Estimates? Donations of any time, material, labor from any local roofing company? I work for the best guy in town, who gives more to charity without blinking than any business I have ever been with. Named business of the week and Best in the Region Roofers again. I have always loved seeing this, it’s patriotic here in the Midwest, it’s a humble motto most of us try to live by. If you can provide any details, I would love to speak to my work family about any assistance. Please let me know! Thanks in advance!

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