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Charlotte Valley Property

Charlotte Valley Property

Charlotte Valley Property

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Charlotte Valley Property Featuring Blackburn Remodeled Barn Offered For Sale

Written by: Lauren Buettner
Client: Blackburn Architects
Release Date: 2014-07-12

South Worcester, NY - July 12, 2014 - John Blackburn, one of the most sought after architects of equestrian properties and the author of Healthy Stables By Design, created the barns at Charlotte Valley Farm in 1998. The farm is now offered for sale. 

Blackburn was able to masterfully modernize the property while maintaining its stunning historic elements to create a farm that is functional in all weather conditions. Still intact are the two iconic silos from the original dairy farm. Located on 464 acres in New York's scenic Otsego County, the farm also has ideal proximity to Route 40.

Blackburn remodeled the existing dairy milk-shed to create a 11-stall barn complex with a wash stall and an addition including a heated office space with a bathroom and laundry. The entire east side of the barn is equipped with roll-up doors to provide optimum ventilation and natural light when weather permits. An attached heated indoor round pen with a 50'11" diameter provides year-round exercise space as well as shielding of northern and eastern winter winds. Two separate storage structures for hay and equipment are proximal to the structure. All buildings feature a galvanized corrugated metal concept, with translucent sections allowing for light flow.

Blackburn bases all of his properties on an environmentally friendly site design, with the mainstay of this design being year-round sustainability. Charlotte Valley Farm is no exception. Dutch doors and skylights were also added to each stall to provide even greater natural light and ventilation, as well as access to paddocks.

While it was never constructed, Blackburn included a 100 x 200-ft indoor arena in the original master plan. It took on a unique design that responded to the owner's concern of visual impact, and weather considerations. The profile of the arena was designed to reduce overall size, and the roof's slope ensured maintenance of access to surrounding structures while further reducing appearance of size.Construction of the indoor arena could easily be completed and would drastically increase productivity for the active rider during the winter months.

Charlotte Valley Farm provides a true balance of historic character, environmental considerations and operational needs while maintaining the health and safety for the horses.

For more information on this property, visit
Or contact Michael R. Franklin of Franklin Ruttan:
(315) 876-2262

About Healthy Stables By Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman

Healthy Stables by Design is a museum-quality coffee table book that illustrates Blackburn's approach to equestrian architecture through dramatic photography and compelling writing. It introduces the concepts of aerodynamic ventilation, strategic natural light and passive solar heating and cooling into significant horse barn designs ranging from exquisite to functional.

All author profits from the sale of Healthy Stables by Design have and will continue to be donated to various equine charities including Hooved Animal Humane Society, PATH International's Wounded Warrior Project, Reins Therapeutic Riding Program, The Equine Rescue League and many more. In 2013, Blackburn completed a total of 18 events in two months and raised over $7,000 for various horse charities.
About John Blackburn 

John Blackburn serves as the President and Senior Principal of Blackburn Architects, a Washington, D.C., firm. He has 35 years of expertise in architecture and 30 years of work focusing specifically on equestrian architecture with more than 160 horse farm designs to his credit. His award-winning work is widely known for its beauty, functionality and sustainability.

Blackburn has built facilities for racing, polo, dressage, hunters and jumpers and Quarter Horses in a variety of climates and evolving site conditions and he has been featured in dozens of equestrian, architecture and luxury lifestyle publications.

Click here to learn more about Blackburn Architects. 

For more about Healthy Stables by Design, by John Blackburn click here.

Click here to order Healthy Stables by Design by John Blackburn with Beth Herman. All author proceeds donated to equine charities.



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