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Sweetwater Farm Winery, Glen Mills, Pa.

  • Sweetwater Farm Winery, Glen Mills, Pa. - Rear and Side Views - Peter Zimmerman Architects, Berwyn, Pa.

    The architects kept as much of the 1743 barn's original stone walls as they could. The new portions are red-painted board-and-batten siding.

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    The architects kept as much of the 1743 barn's original stone walls as they could. The new portions are red-painted board-and-batten siding.

    Tom Crane

    Sweetwater Farm Winery, Glen Mills, Pa. - Rear and Side Views
    Grand Award - Accessory Building
    Entrant/Architect: Peter Zimmerman Architects, Berwyn, Pa.
    Builder: E.B. Mahoney Builders, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
    Living space: 8,100 square feet
    Site: 300-plus acres
    Construction cost: Withheld
    Photographer: Tom Crane.

     The architects kept as much of the 1743 barn's original stone walls as they could. The new portions are red-painted board-and-batten siding.

  • Sweetwater Farm Winery, Glen Mills, Pa. - Rear and Side Views - Peter Zimmerman Architects, Berwyn, Pa.

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    A newly added cupola acts as a beacon when the barn is occupied at night.

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    A newly added cupola acts as a beacon when the barn is occupied at night.

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    A reception hall with a new post-and-beam frame provides a space for hosting weddings, parties, and corporate events.

    Tom Crane

    A reception hall with a new post-and-beam frame provides a space for hosting weddings, parties, and corporate events.

  • Sweetwater Farm Winery, Glen Mills, Pa. - Rear and Side Views - Peter Zimmerman Architects, Berwyn, Pa.

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    The barn before renovation.

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    The barn before renovation.

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    Peter Zimmerman Architects and builder Ed Mahoney used wood salvaged from the original siding in the renovated wine-tasting room.

    Tom Crane

    Peter Zimmerman Architects and builder Ed Mahoney used wood salvaged from the original siding in the renovated wine-tasting room.

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    A winemaking facility lies within the old stone walls on the barn's lower level.

    Tom Crane

    A winemaking facility lies within the old stone walls on the barn's lower level.

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    The project's site plan.

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    The project's site plan.

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    The barn's two lower levels.

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    The barn's two lower levels.

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    The barn's two upper levels.

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    The barn's two upper levels.

This adaptive reuse of an 18th-century barn captivated the judges’ collective imagination. “They found a use for a building that was basically derelict,” said one juror admiringly. “It’s a noble reuse on a historic property.”

Architects Peter H. Zimmerman and Chris Hoffman had to gut most of the interiors because of structural instabilities. They rebuilt a post-and-beam frame within the original stone walls. And they replaced failing portions of those walls, indicating the new sections with red-painted, board-and-batten siding on the exterior. The newer elements beautifully complement the existing stone, as do the salvaged doors, flooring, and hardware that have been restored or repurposed on the interiors. Somehow the building’s fresh identity as a winemaking and wine storage space, as well as a reception and meeting venue, seems a natural outgrowth of its original function as a barn and granary.

The architects also opted to replace the roof, adding a cupola that brings light into the heart of the


Entrant/Architect: Peter Zimmerman Architects, Berwyn, Pa.; Builder: E.B. Mahoney Builders, Bryn Mawr, Pa.; Living space: 8,100 square feet; Site: 300-plus acres; Construction cost: Withheld; Photographer: Tom Crane.


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