Bartow Pell Mansion Museum Bronx historic restoration volunteer program Adventures in Preservation

Adventure Details

Project Full! Registration Closed

US$295 for five days

Additional Cost Information:
All costs are per person and do not include lodging.

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Your fee includes:

  • Morning coffee, snacks and lunches
  • Lectures and tours
  • Insurance at the work site
  • Instruction and materials

Participants are responsible for:

  • Daily transportation to Bartow-Pell

Project Leaders:
Vince LePre, Fifty-Three Restorations, Inc.
Vincent Lepre is a contractor, carpenter & architectural conservator with over 25 years experience in the field of historic preservation. He is skilled in project development & management, the assessment of building conditions, the restoration of existing structures, materials analysis, & woodworking. His experience ranges from structural issues to decorative finishes.

Gerald Gamer, Fifty-Three Restorations, Inc.
Gerald Gamer has worked with Fifty Three Restorations as a foreman and project manager since 2001, focusing on architecturally and historically significant buildings, both publicly and privately owned. Noteworthy projects with Fifty Three Restorations includes work at The Eldridge Street Synagogue, The Frick Collection, Friends Meeting House (Stuyvesant Square), and Gracie Mansion. 

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Project Partners:
Bartow-Pell Conservancy
The Bartow-Pell Conservancy is a non-profit organization charged with management and stewardship of the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. Originally incorporated as the International Garden Club, the Conservancy has been caring for the Bartow-Pell Mansion since 1914.

Historic House Trust
The Historic House Trust of New York City is a not-for-profit-organization operating in tandem with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Their mission is to provide essential support for houses of architectural and cultural significance, spanning 350 years of New York City life. These treasures reside within city parks and are open to the public.



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Date: July 29 – August 2, 2013 – Fully Booked. Please join us next year!

Bartow Pell Mansion Museum Adventures in Preservation shutter restoration volunteer projectAdventures in Preservation volunteers have proudly been helping preserve this beauty in the Bronx since 2008, when they began restoration of the formal sunken garden walkways. Part of Pelham Bay Park, New York City’s largest, as well as both a New York City and National Historic Landmark, the Bartow-Pell Mansion is an example of the country living that once exemplified the now more urban landscape. It has been a museum since 1946 and its gardens and landscape offer an idyllic escape from the city.

The mansion’s interior shutters perform a number of duties, most critically filtering out light and protecting the valuable collections inside. At well over 150 years old, and last restored in the early 20th century, they are in need of repair and renewal. AiP “citizen preservationists” have been working the past two summers to restore them, room by room. The project has previously been funded in part by a grant from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Bartow Pell Mansion Bronx New York historic preservation volunteer projectAs work continues, you will learn the steps for historically sensitive restoration of architectural components with attention to curatorial, preservation, and environmental considerations. Hands-on work will include removing loose and failed paint, making appropriate carpentry repairs, and priming and painting.

If you have relevant skills, such as wood restoration or carpentry, please let us know. We are also interested to hear if you have experience in photography, sketching or video work. Experience is not required, however. All volunteers are welcome.

How You Will Help the Community
The Bartow-Pell Mansion was once one of nearly two dozen 19th-century estates in the Pelham Bay area. Now it is the only one. The Mansion’s restoration is important not only for its historical value but also because of the role it plays in New Yorkers’ lives today. Located in the northeast corner of the Bronx, the Mansion is shouting distance from one of the most densely-populated areas in the United States. The museum and surrounding gardens welcome thousands of visitors each year. Join this volunteer preservation project and:

  • Help protect, preserve and restore a National Historic Landmark
  • Support BPMM’s education programs for schools, adults, and families

Why This Could Be The Greatest Adventure of Your Life
Your week of hands-on restoration work will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Bring lost architectural details back to life
  • Go where everyday visitors cannot go, in exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of this National Historic Landmark
  • Learn why proper curatorial procedures are as important as using appropriate materials in preservation and restoration work
  • Discover new facets of New York City’s history
  • Practice your French with our international volunteers from France, via project partner Preservation Volunteers.

As with all our adventures, you’ll take the skills you learn on this volunteer vacation home with you. They’re yours to use in restoring your own house, in your preservation career, or in other volunteer restoration projects in your own community. The friends you make are yours to keep too!

This project is designed as a “staycation” and volunteers generally “commute” to the project site. There is lodging in the area, however, so if you live outside the New York City area and would like to join this adventure, contact us for a list of local hotels and accommodation.

Bartow Pell Adventures in Preservation volunteer restoration project BronxThis adventure includes morning coffee, snacks and a delicious picnic lunch each day. Weather-permitting, we’ll set up the big picnic table outside under the trees so you can fully appreciate the bucolic setting.

Lunchtime Lectures
Behind-the-scenes tours of the mansion and guest speakers are part of each day’s lunch-time break. These tours and talks are your key to fully immersing yourself in the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum’s history, architecture, and plans for the future.

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If you have any questions or would like to chat with an AiP staff member about joining this or any other volunteer preservation project, contact us at or call +1 303-444-0128.