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HPF – Historic Penn Farm

Historic Penn Farm

Type: Cultural
Scope of Work: 2000 sqft renovation + 1200 sqft addition
Location: Historic Penn Farm, 807 Frenchtown Road E. New Castle, DE
Design Team: Method Design
Method Design Team: Reese J Campbell, Demetrios A Comodromos, Angela Pasquale, Katelyn Rauth, Ben Crocker, Ayman Alhajji



The Historic Penn Farm was established in 1704 in a land grant to New Castle. It has been under the care of the Trustees of the new castle common since 1764, and is the longest continuously running urban farm in the United States.  The existing seasonal farm stand, which is the outward public face of the farm, is under reconstruction to update its functionality and operations through a thoughtful set of interventions and with a focus on green strategies.  The market’s usable area is being expanded with the addition of a canopy structure which is carrying an extensive green roof system.  Water reclamation systems from impervious surfaces are being utilized to help mitigate site run off.  New cisterns will be installed to store the rainwater for use in maintenance and washing the harvested crops prior to their sale in the stand.  New storage facilities and site organizations will offer better use of the land, better view of the architecture from the roadway, and expanded access to the farm stand’s offerings and services.