T.S. ADAMS STUDIO ARCHITECTS, INC. is helping redesign the 15-acre CHASTAIN HORSE PARK (chastainhorsepark.org) to expand its nationally recognized therapy program for children, teens and adults. The original stables were founded in the 1930s, and now the park is one of the country’s last urban horse parks, conducting more than 5,500 sessions annually. The $8.95 million project includes new covered areas and climate-controlled spaces with a focus on efficiency and an artistic eye toward its structures. Two new barns are designed by TIM ADAMS in distinct and differing styles: a shingle-style barn with a gambrel roof for the Therapeutic Horsemanship Center and a Southern vernacular for the boarder barn. The center’s location on a hill and its size—15,595 square feet on the first floor and 1,170 square feet on the second floor—makes it visible from the neighborhood and major roadways. “It is going to enhance the community,” says Adams. “The horse park in general has always been this iconic thing. This is going to draw more attention to it.”
TRISHA GROSS, executive director of Chastain Horse Park, a 501(c)(3), credits Adams’ experience building homes and barns as important because of its presence in an “amazing residential neighborhood.” “This is going to enable us to stand tall from a facilities viewpoint,” says Gross. MACALLAN CONSTRUCTION and GROVE STREET PARTNERS also are collaborators. The project, which includes an additional covered riding arena and expansion of paddocks, is expected to be complete by mid 2024.