When Fort Worth-based American Paint Horse Association decided to relocate the headquarters to a more vibrant and visible location, the Stockyards District was an ideal choice. Perfectly aligned to its Western aesthetic, the new offices will be located in a restored century-old mule barn. The design brings APHA’s strong brand into the experience by showcasing the barn’s existing clerestories, exposed ceilings, original clay tiles, and exposed brick walls. Design elements such as sliding barn doors, industrial steel finishes, reclaimed wood, concrete floors, natural textiles and art with accent colors derived from paint horse scenery, and even a grain bin theater and stair were intentionally incorporated. “Our greatest priority was to capture the association’s authenticity,” says Interior Designer Haley Thurston. The new space accommodates intriguing new learning and retail components that celebrate the organization’s collection of Western art and artifacts.
VLK was super responsive to our questions, explained each step and kept us informed on progress. They were on target with a design that was sophisticated but embraced our western heritage and the historically significant and sensitive structure within which we’re working.”Billy Smith, EdD Executive Director, American Paint Horse Association