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Some people say Grace Farms is a place. Some say it is a state of mind. Both are correct. Grace Farms, located on the former Windsome Farms, an equine ranch on the edge of town, is 80-acres of mostly open space. It is one of the last remaining large parcels of open land in Fairfield County with over 70 acres serving as a nature preserve. Grace Farms is a non-profit center dedicated to advancing faith, nature, arts, community and justice initiatives. The center is owned and managed by the Grace Farms Foundation.

grace-farms-panoramaIn early 2010, Grace Farms Foundation selected SANAA, a Tokyo-based architectural firm, to execute its vision for a vibrant place and multi-purpose building. SANAA’s design for the facility, known as the River building, was the first U.S. building designed by the architectural firm after they were awarded the Pritzker Prize. SANAA’s goal was to make the architecture of the River become part of the landscape without drawing attention to itself, demonstrating a high degree of sensitivity to the landscape and its topography. Structurally, the building of glass, concrete, steel, and wood is in essence a single long roof, which seems to float above the surface of the ground as it twists and turns across the landscape.

panorama grace farmsGrace Farms is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10-6 and Sundays 12-6. Lunch is available 10-3. Grace Farms also offers tours. You can learn more at their website