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A New Kind of Publicly Available Space
Through our work with nature, arts, justice, community, and faith, Grace Farms aspires to advance good in the world. Our open architecture and hospitality encourages exploration of these initiatives within our 80 acres. We’re open six days a week and free to the public.
“While I believe that space can be inspirational and communicate, space alone can’t drive change. It takes people who can envision what can be, who can make a commitment, and then vigorously work to accomplish it.” – Sharon Prince, President & Founder
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.
A Week At Grace Farms