Kurt West Garner is an architectural historian with Bachelor's degrees in Business Administration from Bethel College and Architecture from Andrews University. He was a project architect with BA Martin Architects for twelve years before he began a consulting and design business with a focus on preservation-related work in 2008. To date, he has written over 120 National Register nominations and five multiple-property documentation forms for the National Park Service. Kurt completed state byway nominations and corridor management plans for Indiana's Lincoln Highway and Historic Michigan Road, the latter of which he is the cofounder and president of the association.
Kurt was born in Bremen to a family that traces its roots to pioneers of the Indiana Territory. He is the founder and president of Wythougan Valley Preservation Council, a former Plymouth City Councilman, and current Marshall County Commissioner. He and his wife, Chris, have two children, Jack and Chloe. The Garners have been restoring a farmstead, located in North Township and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, since 2010. The farm they've named "Sycamore Hill" includes a grand old Italianate bank barn built in 1865 that was named one of Indiana's Bicentennial Barns.