UGA's College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences is responsible for the 74-year-old structure, which has sat near agricultural fields on South Milledge Avenue since 1997, though the college has no use for it.
There are no immediate plans for the use of the red barn," said ag school Dean Scott Angle.
But UGA's campus architects are planning to study whether the red barn could be used with a cluster of club and intramural sports fields UGA plans build nearby.
The University System Board of Regents last fall gave the go-ahead for UGA to spend $2.5 million on the new athletic fields.
Construction will begin soon, and UGA hopes to have the fields ready by fall semester, said Kevin Kirsche, assistant director for planning in UGA's Office of the University Architects.
In 1997, UGA spent about $175,000 to move the red barn from its place on College Station Road and install it on a site near UGA agricultural fields on South Milledge Avenue.
The old site now is a parking lot near the UGA intramural fields.
Partly obscured by bushes, the red barn now sits on the opposite side of the street from the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, its red paint peeling, one shutter hanging askew.
The university budget doesn't include a regular line-item to maintain the building, now used for miscellaneous storage.
"When we find something is needed, we do it," Angle said.
The agriculture school's faculty council in 2001 recommended that the college's alumni raise money to remodel the barn into a kind of activity center with a kitchen and toilets.
But a subsequent study showed the planned renovation would be too expensive, Angle said