Bartow-Pell Restoration Project Complete!
After three summers and the help of volunteers from around the world, the formal, walled and terraced garden at Bartow-Pell Mansion Musuem in Bronx, New York, has been returned to the grace and elegance of its original 1916 Delano and Aldrich design.
Over the years, the shifting stones of the walkways had been repaired with mortar, and very little of the original galleting remained. Beginning in 2008, AiP volunteers removed the mortar and, learning the fine art of galleting, filled the masonry joints in the steps and walkways with pieces of bluestone.
“It’s amazing that something so seemingly minor as a finishing technique can have such a major impact on the look and feel of a space,” said Ellen Bruzelius, the Museum’s Executive Director. “We’re so pleased that the public will get to experience the grace of this beautiful garden as it originally was.” Safety, too, has been improved, with the walkways leveled during restoration.
The final phase of work, completed in August, was supported by a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Elizabeth and Robert Jeffe Preservation Fund for New York City. Many thanks to Preservation Volunteers who arranged for volunteers from France and Belgium to join us two of the three years, and to mason Kevin Towle and his crew, who led the 2009 and 2010 volunteer crews.
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AiP volunteers work on significant historical sites and structures around the world. For historic preservation students, this volunteer experience can be a priceless opportunity to gain practical, hands-on preservation experience at every turn. Best of all, should complications arise, as they tend to do with old buildings, that real-world problem solving experience is an invaluable boost to any budding preservationist’s career.
Having acquired skills ranging from timber framing and masonry restoration, to decorative stucco conservation and more, our student participants have benefited as much as our project communities.
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