Drumlin Farm Barn

Massachusetts Audubon Society


The Service Barn began its life as a carriage barn for a large private estate, became a storage building for Drumlin Farm, and, with the addition of a passive solar, south-facing wall providing the necessary heat, a structure for drying and preserving produce as well. In 2013 the staff of Massachusetts Audubon Society wanted to modify the Service Barn again to include two classrooms for their growing educational program.


Black River Architects initiated the design process by identifying and cost estimating four options for the new classrooms and only began the final design process once the most cost effective strategy had been identified with the client. The addition’s dormers build on the flared roof line of the cupola to give expression to the new educational purpose of what had been a prosaic service barn. 


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