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September 2010

Bartow-Pell Restoration Project Complete!

Volunteer at this year's Bartow Pell workshopAfter 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.

Volunteers from this year's project at the Bartow-Pell Mansion MuseumThe 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.

Wish you'd been there? Learn about other preservation-based volunteer vacation opportunities!

Preservation Students: Gain Valuable Hands-on Experience at an AiP Workshop

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.

volunteer practices fine masonry art of galletingHaving 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.

AiP projects are a great companion to university preservation programs. Many projects are scheduled during summer holidays, giving preservation and architecture students a great chance to get that elusive practical experience. Those with flexible schedules might want to join us in Old Town Lamu, Kenya, in November to learn about coral rag construction. Or plan now to join us at the end of the current academic year in Gloucester, Virginia, May 22-28, 2011 to learn about historic window restoration and making old buildings more energy efficient.

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Conference Calendar

Preserving Modern Architecture in Quebec, Canada and Elsewhere: Heritage Challenges and the Mobilization of Knowledge - October 14-17, 2010 - Montreal, Canada
Discussion and examination of the theoretical, methodological, and technical problems and the cultural and political issues raised by modern heritage conservation, focusing on two themes: the heritage challenges posed by modern buildings, civil engineering works, urban ensembles, and landscapes; and the mobilization of knowledge. For information, see

Third European Heritage Forum: Cultural Heritage, Participation, Prosperity - October 1-2, 2010 - Istanbul, Turkey
European Heritage Forums are an annual opportunity for dialogue among heritage professionals and professionals from other sectors of society. This year’s theme is "Cultural Heritage, Participation, Prosperity: Contribution to cohesion and prosperity in today’s societies through sustainable use of heritage resources”, which dovetails nicely with the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. For information, see

In/Visible Towns: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Urban Areas - November 15-17, 2010 - Vienna, Austria
The special challenge presented by archaeology in an urban environment has driven development and innovation – in project design, excavation philosophy and technology. The 15th Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies will provide a detailed review of international urban archaeology, with a special focus on the relationship between the innovations urban archaeology creates and modern technologies. For information, see

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