Stonemason Building Wall at the Farm
The Farm at South Mountain, under the new ownership of Pat Christofolo, has commissioned a sculptural stone wall to be built in the northwest piazza of the property. This stonewall brings both functional and aesthetic value to an area that will be newly available for weddings and events. The addition is just the beginning of a series of planned improvements to The Farm. Each new addition will also incorporate a community educational piece.
The Farm, which was created as an urban oasis, is already a popular destination for patio breakfasts, picnic lunches, fine dining, weddings, events and much more. The intention of the improvements is to bring a new level of craftsmanship to The Farm while maintaining the authenticity and natural atmosphere that visitors expect and enjoy. The enhancements will be carefully selected in accordance with the creator of The Farm’s original vision.
The stone wall was designed and built by Master Stonemason Travis Kline. Kline recently relocated from Queensbury, NY to be in Phoenix with his Fiancé, Valley Olympian Misty Hyman. Kline, who received an architecture degree from The University of Notre Dame, got his start in landscape and specializes in stonemasonry. He also has an extensive portfolio of green homes that he has both designed and built.
Kline’s most recent achievement, The Shallow Creek residence, is a cutting-edge energy efficient home in Upstate New York that incorporates solar thermal, solar electric, passive solar, and geothermal technologies. The innovative integrated use of these systems creates an energy cost savings of 85 percent over homes of comparable size in the same area. In addition to the wall, Christofolo plans to employ Kline’s other talents on future projects to improve the energy efficiency of The Farm.
Christofolo and Kline are excited about the symbolic and educational functions of the wall. The wall was built from local granite, more specifically pre-Cambrian metamorphic granitic gneiss, which is one of the oldest types of rock found in the Valley. The gneiss comes from the DC Ranch Area and is the same stone that pushed up to form the western half of South Mountain. The wall is designed to be a meandering, organically flowing shape as an ode to the mountains from which the stones come from. The design incorporates the traditions of New England where Kline learned his trade while enhancing and harmonizing with the Southwestern environment.
Throughout history, stone walls have served a multitude of important roles including aesthetic, symbolic, communicative and structural. Kline sees each wall that he builds as a continuation of that history.