Sited on the banks of the Stono River in the South Carolina Lowcountry, the historic Stono Preserve property is an ecological treasure of diverse landscapes. Its 881 acres are owned by the College of Charleston Foundation and used as a living laboratory for research and education. Ayers Saint Gross designed the Stono Barn as an integral component of the campus following the master plan. The barn serves as a multipurpose space for lectures, conferences, and events. Its design adheres to the Lowcountry aesthetic with copper standing-seam roofing, western red cedar, mahogany windows and doors, and a two-story screened porch that takes advantage of climate and views.
Designed with a light hand, the barn is intentionally simple to reflect the value of local vernacular structures. Operable cedar shutters serve a practical purpose during hurricane season.
The two-story screened porch provides views of the ancient live oaks and the Stono River and marshes. The slat rail design reflects the construction details of existing nearby farm buildings. A porch stair connects the two levels.
The vaulted cypress great room has exposed wood roof trusses and reclaimed pine flooring.