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The Brighthouse Farm

The Brighthouse Farm

The 100-acre Anderson-Brighthouse farmstead contains a farmhouse and barn built in 1867, a series of out buildings, and an eight-acre clearing nestled amongst a dense forest. After a successful interior renovation of the farmhouse, the owners engaged ERA as lead architects to convert the barn into a 100-person multi-purpose event space, that, according to the owners, “felt more like an outdoor Cali bar than a venue.”

A fresh coat of paint and enlarged openings revitalized the exterior of the structure while allowing for greater visibility and penetration of natural light. A new elevated rear deck expands the barn’s usable outdoor space without compromising views from the public realm. The scope of interior alterations creates a functional multi-purpose venue split over two floors. Where possible, all existing structure was retained and reinforced. A food preparation area, service area, and restroom facilities are located at the basement level, while the ground floor underwent only minor alterations to accommodate an open floor plan to host group events and gatherings. A universal washroom and marble bar are tucked at the north end of the barn’s ground floor, both treated with modern detailing and a muted pallet.

The renovations adapted the barn’s functionality as a gathering space, while ensuring the built form remained representative of Prince Edward County’s historic rural character and aesthetic.

Indoor photographs by Kayla Rocco
Outdoor photographs courtesy The Brighthouse Farm

Wellington, Ontario
The Brighthouse Farm
David Hine (Code), BLT (Construction Manager), Greer Galloway (Engineering), Ray Essiambre (Planning)
Philip Evans/Shelley Ludman/Lyndsey Sneddon/Simone Gargano/Marwan Sinno

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