Portfolio: Farms | Estates | Rural Preservation
Partnering with Blackburn Architects, McKee Carson provided project direction, visioning, and site design services for the restoration and renovation of Sagamore Farm to meet the needs of a modern equine facility. With a careful eye and a measured respect for the history of the farm McKee Carson sought to reveal rather than create, with the recognition that the significance of Sagamore Farm is in the physical elements that constitute the farm and tie it to its past.
Beginning in 1969, The Nature Conservancy bought 14 of the islands as the core of the Virginia Coast Reserve in an effort to ward off huge development proposals that would have included marinas, bridges and condos. McKee Carson's work at Brickhouse Farm is intended to help the Nature Conservancy broaden its protection of this vital ecosystem. Working with our client, we are helping to assure that the land is placed under conservation easement and preserved long into the future.
The vision for the 1,800-acre Little Mountain Ranch was to create a multi-functional retreat for the owner; a place of respite and recreation designed to meet the needs of a growing family today and into the future. McKee Carson cultivated this vision in a master plan that employs conservation easements, enhances ecologically sensitive areas, and introduces new rural recreational pursuits, which can be enjoyed by family, friends and visitors alike.