Nestled into the rolling countryside of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, this agrarian arts center celebrates the natural beauty of an 80-acre historic farmstead.

This arts center’s master plan was inspired by its site’s rolling landscape, lush forest, and surrounding fields. The campus congregates around an 1850s-era barn that has been transformed into a 120-seat performance venue. Guests can meander along trails that connect stone formations, groves of trees, and other contemplative spaces. The caretakers’ house is set between the public parking area and the woods. On the public side, its minimally punched, wall-façade conveys this is a private residence. All living areas are organized along the opposite facade where large windows overlook the forest and draw daylight into the interiors.

The second phase of construction for the caretakers’ residence entails adding a carriage house that is connected to the main living areas by a covered courtyard.
What was a historic farmstead is now an arts center.
Nestled into the rolling hills and dense forests of Wisconsin’s driftless region, Everwood Farmstead offers visitors high quality art experiences in a serene setting.
The caretakers’ house was the first new structure to be built as part of the master plan for Everwood Farmstead.
A hedge-like wall faces the public parking area to convey that this is a private residence, not a public gatehouse.
Visitors must walk through an opening in the wall to reach the front door.
Floor-to-ceiling windows open up the caretakers’ house to the woods.
The interiors are designed to efficiently use space with features such as recessed shelving.
A central staircase connects all three levels.
The kitchen is open and bright with inspirational views of the performing arts barn and the woods.
The kitchen island can be used for informal dining as well as food preparation.
The office upstairs has a direct view of the barn so the caretaker can monitor site activities while completing other tasks.
The live-edge pine used for backsplashes in the kitchen and main bathroom was milled from fallen trees discovered on the farmstead property.
A masterplan was developed for the 80-acre property to align with the long-term goals of the organization.
Once both phases are constructed, the caretakers’ residence will be 120-feet long. An outdoor room will connect the house with a two-car garage.