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Pole Barns and Wedding Bells

Wedding BoquetOn one of my blog postings back in mid-December 2013, we used a photograph of a new Hansen Pole Building which was being used for a wedding. Astute blog reader, happy client and groom Brian spotted the photo and sent me a nice response via my Facebook. Congratulations are in order to Brian and his new bride!

Back in my pole building contractor days, we contracted to build a pole building in the Moscow, Idaho area for a couple who were going to be using their new pole barn for their wedding. We were under a time crunch to get the building done in time for the wedding bells to ring – which we happily made!

Now is where the story gets interesting…..

My grandmother was happily and healthily alive at the time, in her mid-80’s. Grandfather was departed, however Grandma Jerene was not one to let moss grow under her feet – she had met and was dating a lovely gentleman, Bob.

Grandma and I were very close – it would be a rare week for us to not at least chat on the phone. In one of our calls, she told me she and Bob were going to a wedding the following weekend. The next time I saw grandma, she had photos from the wedding. It was in a pole building….our pole building!!

As coincidence would have it, Bob was past President of the downtown Spokane, Washington Rotary Club (as well as having been a past District Governor). Their Rotary club was so large, they had a full time staff person – Debi (the bride at above wedding). As Bob and Debi had worked together (not to mention Bob was quite charming), she had invited Bob to their wedding!

There are about as many uses for pole buildings, as there are people who use them. And, over the course of their lifetimes, pole barns can have a plethora of different uses and functions – graduations, bridal showers, grooms’ dinners – not to mention weddings!

Art From a Pole Barn

When my brother and I were but youngsters, we rode our bike’s a couple of miles from our family home in the Spokane Valley, to where our Aunt Donna lived. Aunt Donna was very artistic, and she taught art lessons in the summers, seemingly primarily to our extended family of cousins (my Dad’s five brothers and two sisters produced a lot of cousins)!

While none of us cousins became artists, it did give us an appreciation and eye for things which others may not see. Personally, I am in awe of many artists who can take a blank canvas, chunk of stone, or everyday items, and craft a thing of beauty from them.

Collin Art GalleryAt the corner of Illinois 97 and Mill Street in Salisbury is the pole barn (and gallery) of renowned folk artist George Colin. Colin’s studio is a converted one-car garage pole building which he has used for his painting for the past three decades.

84 years old, Colin speaks with huge admiration of his parents. His father was a coal miner. Stored in Colin’s pole barn is a caricature of him which evokes memories of a smaller, realistic painting he made in the 1970’s of him sweating blood out of his eyes. This particular painting sold for $18,000!

Oprah and Michael Jordan have owned Colin’s artwork. In 1998 he illustrated the album cover of “Jubilation” by The Band (with guest guitarist Eric Clapton). His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian and the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

No matter what form of art or creative works one may aspire to, a pole barn could very well be the solution. With a low investment and some sweat equity, even a previously unskilled person can successfully construct for themselves a beautiful pole building which can become the home of a myriad of possibilities, limited only by the imagination of the artist!

Pole Building Bar: A Road Runs Through It

I always appreciate unique uses for a pole building. In this particular case, the building is not even one which I had any involvement in either the design or providing of, but it IS unique.

Pole Building BarBack in 2005, my friends Sheri and Larry Herberholz had an idea – it involved a pole building, alcohol and lots of motorcycles and Hot Rods. This great concept became Cruisers Bar & Grill; 6105 W. Seltice Way; Stateline Village, Idaho.

What divides this pole building bar, from the hundreds of thousands of other bar and grills in America is not just it being in a pole building. This particular pole building has an overhead steel sectional garage door in each gable endwall. A paved road runs in one door and out the other, affording the ability for motorcycles and hot rods to actually drive through the bar!!

Seriously – one can ride or drive right through the middle of the bar, while the patrons are laughing, drinking, singing, and of course – watching you drive thru!

It is common to have a live band cranking out the tunes in the corner, only to be out blasted in volume by a passing through the building motorcyclist slowing down long enough to rev his engine a time or two.

From the beginning, Cruisers has been dedicated to supporting the motorcycle and hot rod community.  Riders and drivers from all walks of life and from all over the U.S. and Canada meet to enjoy a burger, some music and toss back a cold brew or two. Conversation is never lacking and many friendships are made and renewed here.

Cruisers has also supported the local communities by raising and donating thousands of dollars to various charities and worthy causes.

Cruisers BarFor the bikers who either cannot make it to Sturgis for Bike Week (or know it is not safe to ride there), Cruisers puts on “Mini Sturgis” the last weekend of July. This annual event draws over 10,000 attendees!

Whether stopping at Cruisers on Thursday Night for a $2 Azteca soft chicken taco, or for Mini Sturgis weekend remember – a pole building made it all possible.  You may not have the same ideas about your new pole building, but just remember – the sky IS the limit when it comes to what you can do with a “pole barn”.