Sited on the banks of the Stono River and the Intercoastal Waterway, historic Dixie Plantation is an ecological treasure of diverse landscapes. Its 881 acres are owned by the College of Charleston Foundation and used as a living laboratory for research and education. A new multipurpose “barn” on the property provides a cypress-sheathed hall for lectures, conferences and social events. A two-story screened porch is fitted with slatted railings inspired by adjacent vernacular buildings. Sustainable design features include optimized energy performance, restored natural habitat and reduced water consumption. The project also included the renovation of an existing art studio on the site.