Grace Farms is a welcoming new place, where a building designed by SANAA is seamlessly integrated into 80 acres of open space for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith.
A diverse natural habitat in the northeast corner of New Canaan, Connecticut, this former horse farm is home to numerous varieties of flora and fauna. Approximately 77 of the 80 acres will be retained in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds.
"Under One Roof": Introduction to Grace Farms
"It's as if you're standing underneath a shade tree, and looking out from that shade tree into an amazing landscape."
—Jay Fielden, Grace Farms Foundation, on the experience of the River building roofline
Video produced by Ultan Guilfoyle and Big Sky
Grace Farms History
What is now Grace Farms was in the 1940s a patchwork of small-scale farmsteads in Connecticut. The division of land in the New Canaan area was shaped by 19th century agricultural practices, in which old growth deciduous hardwood forests were cleared to make way for fields.
Over the course of the next 70 years, as agriculture in the area became a thing of the past, secondary growth woodlands recolonized much of the landscape, and New Canaan became much more suburban in character.
Windsome Farms purchased the property from Comstock Farms in 1991, and converted what was a private residence and small farm into an equestrian facility. Additional land was cleared to accommodate 24 paddocks, a harnessed exercise ring, and a 30,000 square foot barn lined with 52 stalls. In early 2000, Pacific Farms acquired the property and later rezoned Windsome Farms into a 10-lot subdivision.
Today, Grace Farms Foundation has retained the property’s open beauty and is a rare piece of Fairfield County landscape featuring the rolling topography of paddocks and barns, field trees, perennially wet meadows, and a mixed deciduous, hardwood, and conifer forest edge.