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Fort Lauderdale Police Horse Barn: An Example of Enduring Architecture

The most sustainable architecture is often the design that stands the test of time. Enduring architecture strikes the critical balance of: 

  • Longevity of purpose
  • Cultural context  
  • Sense of place and sensitivity to the environment
  • Timeless aesthetics 
  • Durable materials and construction practices

We designed the police horse barn at Holiday Park in 1994. When it was designed, the project received the Fort Lauderdale AIA Award of Merit in Design. It looks and works just as well today as it did when the barn doors opened 27 years ago. 

Longevity of purpose. Fort Lauderdale’s Mounted Unit continues to need and utilize the horse barn. 

Cultural context. Police equine forces continue to be popular public safety ambassadors and effective crowd calming units. 

Sense of place and sensitivity to the environment. The police barn is located within an existing park to take full advantage of a natural setting for the horses. The barn is oriented to capture prevailing winds to maximize natural ventilation. 

Timeless aesthetics. We utilized class barn styling that not only meets the functional need, but will never go out of style. Durable materials and construction practices. Standing seam metal roofing, roof cupola, and wood scissor truss systems are still hard at work.