Client: Johnson County
The Johnson County Historic Poor Farm site is important to Iowa's history, telling the story of the county's care for its citizens from the earliest days until today. The county's first facility is the asylum and a few hundred feet to the east is the county's most recent facility, Chatham Oakes, built in 1964 which is now privatized. Each county in Iowa had a poor farm and the tradition is well represented by the Johnson County farm, which may well be the only remaining intact example.
HBK worked with the Johnson County Board of Supervisors on master planning services to assist in preserving the Poor Farm grounds while also ensuring its availability to the public to enjoy.