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Grace Farms is the internationally renowned center for Grace Farms Foundation’s interdisciplinary humanitarian mission.
Designed by SANAA and named as a “favorite building of the decade” in Cultured magazine, Grace Farms was created as a peaceful respite and porous platform for people to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith within an 80-acre landscape in Connecticut. We’re open six days a week and free to the public [we temporarily closed on March 9, 2020, due to COVID-19 (see our new Grace Farms Alliance Against COVID-19 here).]
We aim to catalyze change in the world through Grace Farms and best-in-class experts leading five initiatives. We are renowned for convening people across sectors to collaborate and drive new outcomes that can move the needle on some of today’s most pressing humanitarian issues.
Watch a video about our new outcomes below.
Grace Farms History
Grace Farms, located in New Canaan, Connecticut, was established with the idea that space communicates and can inspire people to collaborate for good. To realize this vision, Grace Farms Foundation set out to create a multipurpose building nestled into the existing habitat that would enable visitors to experience nature, encounter the arts, pursue justice, foster community, and explore faith. Approximately 77 of the 80 acres are being preserved in perpetuity as open meadows, woods, wetlands, and ponds. Prior to restoring native habitats, Grace Farms was once a patchwork of small rural properties and a private equestrian facility.
The architect SANAA’s goal was to make the River building become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself. Under the continuous roof are five transparent glass-enclosed volumes that can host a variety of activities and events, while maintaining a constant sense of the surrounding environment. There are two accompanying barns with meeting rooms and offices.