Morven Stud

Charlottesville, Virginia

Blackburn’s scope of work for Morven Stud, then a commercial breeding farm on over 1,000 acres on one of Charlottesville’s most prominent historic properties, included three barns and a farm entrance gatehouse. The designs of the yearling barn, broodmare barn, and foaling barn fit into the historic landscape, while the interiors were innovatively detailed for thoroughbreds. The foaling stalls were fitted with special padding, ventilation, lighting, and heating for newborns. Our client, John W. Kluge, since donated the historic property to the University of Virginia Foundation in 2001. The project received a 1994 Washington Chapter/American Institute of Architects Design Award for Excellence.