Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Improvisations on the Land: Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Reinvented. A conversation with Richard Fernau.

Please join us for a special evening presentation on November 8th by Richard Fernau at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Richard will be speaking about F+H’s rehabilitation / reinvention of the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn in the context of his recently published book “Improvisations on Land: the Houses of Fernau+Hartman."

A reception will take place from 6PM to 7 PM, and the presentation will begin at 7PM in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

The 150-year-old Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz reopened in September 2015, following an extensive renovation funded by a major gift from Helen and Will Webster Foundation, with design work by Fernau + Hartman Architects. Located adjacent to the campus' 30-acre organic farm, the Hay Barn now serves as the headquarters for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and a gateway to the South Campus area, as well as a space for classes, workshops, and campus and community events.

The renovation of the Hay Barn has received multiple architectural awards: a 2017 California Preservation Design Award in Rehabilitation; a 2017 Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions for Adaptive Reuse from the Society for College and University Planning; a 2017 U.S. WoodWorks Regional Excellence Award, and a 2016 Excellence in Design Honor Award from American Institute of Architects Montana. The AIA Montana award noted the "exhaustive documentation, piece-by-piece deconstruction, painstaking reassembly of the historic structure by weaving together new and old elements, and the incorporation of the contemporary program. As home to one of the university's most progressive programs, the Hay Barn is both an emblem of the campus' origins and a reassertion of its commitment to innovation."

The free event is last in the UCSC Farm & Garden's 50th Anniversary Book and Film Series, and is sponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Free parking will be available at the Hay Barn and in the Carriage House. For more information and to RSVP, call 831-459-2339 or send email to