Kistler Barn

Located on the same site as Kistler’s Trenton Roadhouse, the renovated barn serves as a private event space. The site’s original barn was dismantled, reconstructed, and expanded to become a small wine-making and tasting facility adjacent to the property’s lake. Salvaged wood from the original barn and other local resources was integrated to create complementary interior finishes and to provide materials for the custom steel and wood tables.



Early conversations with the winemaker inspired a design that highlights the winemaking process. Through a series of glazed openings along the length of the two barrel room walls, guests can catch a glimpse of the fermentation process which includes allowing the wine to bubble over and out of the barrels as it ferments.



The new brick on the pavilion was sourced from the original Aberhill Clay Mine in Lake Elsinore that has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. The same bricks are still made by Pacific Clay Products.


Early warning smoke detection systems were provided to minimize impact to the historic spaces. A VESDA system or (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) uses aspirators (or sniffers) that take regular samples of the air before a fire even breaks out.


ARG provided conservation monitoring of historic architectural features, finishes, and collections to ensure that dust and vibration would not damage these priceless collections and irreplaceable finishes.


Several bronze sculptures located on the campus were cleaned and treated by ARG Conservation Services.

Photography by David Wakely