Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, in partnership with Adventures in Preservation and Historic House Trust of New York City, will offer a one-week restoration workshop from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  A National Historic Landmark and part of New York City’s largest park, Bartow-Pell, an 1840s Greek Revival mansion, is the last of the country estates in the Pelham Bay area. Shutter Shop on Shore Road Restoration Workshop will focus on restoring Bartow-Pell’s interior shutters. Participants will learn the necessary steps for a historically sensitive restoration of architectural components with attention given to curatorial, preservation, and environmental considerations.

Under the guidance of preservation/restoration specialists from Fifty Three Restorations, an award-winning, New York City-based restoration firm, Shutter Shop on Shore Road participants will learn how to safely handle lead paint removal; paint, restore, and replace old hardware; and more.

Volunteers from Florida to France, through both Adventures in Preservation and an exchange program of Brooklyn-based Preservation Volunteers, will participate in the workshop.

“This is a wonderful way to not only be able to teach restoration skills to volunteers who are interested in preservation, but also to get important work done at our site,” says BPMM’s executive director Ellen Bruzelius.  “Volunteers play a key role in Bartow-Pell Mansion’s continued preservation,” says Adventures in Preservation’s program director Judith Broeker, “focusing on small-scale projects that make a big difference. They help to protect, preserve, and restore the architecture of this stately country house.”

Adventures in Preservation is a nonprofit organization committed to saving architectural heritage around the globe. Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

Cost is $295 for the week and includes snacks, lunch, instruction and materials, and insurance. Guest speakers and mansion tours are scheduled during the lunch break. Participants must be 18 or over. Registration is required. Call 718-885-1461 or email to register or for more information.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is located at 895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York. To reach us by public transportation, take the #6 Lexington Avenue Local subway to Pelham Bay Park station, followed by the Westchester Bee-Line #45 bus direct to the mansion gate.  For driving directions, please visit The mansion and carriage house are open to the public for guided tours on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The gardens and grounds are open daily from 8:30 a.m. to dusk. Mansion admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, free for children under six. Visiting the garden and grounds is free.


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