The owner acquired Seven Oaks Farm in 1998 and has since then upgraded, repurposed and expanded the facilities. This historic American Saddlebred Farm dates back to the late nineteenth century, the original farmhouse to 1863, the barn to 1900 and the riding arena to 1923. The Farmhouse was updated in 2002, in 2000 a Guesthouse was built, and in 2003 an adjacent Barn was repurposed with a pool and a studio for living and work.
The farm today is an active center for horse schooling, training and breeding. It was landmarked in 2013 by Kane County. In 2016 a large riding arena was added and connected to the historic buildings. As with the previous constructions, it was the owner’s intention to relate to the historic structures, but develop a contemporary architectural language thru form, construct and materials.
The arena interior is all wood. Glue laminated arches support structural planking. Above the insulation, a skin of color coated standing seam metal covers the roof and walls. Careful detailing on seams and windows creates a taut box with textured and lively surfaces. The landscape consists of towering 200 year oaks and the many horses sired by the farm stud.
Star Buildings, LLC.