Sharon Prince Grace Farms Foundation constructed a community center in the town of New Canaan, Connecticut. This community center involved a considerable investment from Grace Farms and cost somewhere around $120 million to build. The Foundation purchased 80 acres of land to be able to build the center.
New York Times’s “The Spiritual and Spectacular Meet at an Ultramodern Community Center in Connecticut”, talks about a facility which is a nature center, gym, hub for social justice groups, community garden and a part-time ecumenical chapel — and that is only a partial list.
To design the center, they contracted with SANAA, an architecture firm based out of Japan. The facility is ultramodern and includes many features. Among the features included are a gym, a nature center, a garden for the entire community, and also an ecumenical chapel. The center is meant to have a spiritual underpinning, and this chapel is an important part of the spiritual presence of the center.
The design of the center focuses around a main building which is called the River. This building has many glass windows so that the view of the surrounding area can be highlighted. The River looks out over the meadows and forests of New Canaan. See This Page for related information.
In an interview, Prince, president of the Foundation, expressed her satisfaction in the results of the building project by saying “This is exactly what we hoped for”. Sharon Prince is helped by numerous wealthy individuals in pursuing the goals of the foundation. Among those involved are Prince’s husband as well as Robert P. Prince of the hedge fund Bridgewater Associations. There are also over 100 different donors to the project.
Sharon Prince functions as both the President and the Chair of the Grace Farms Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit that was created in 2009 and works to fight child exploitation, violence against women, and support other humanitarian efforts.
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