Mt Pleasant

Mt Pleasant Historic Mansion is located along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, and, interestingly enough, belongs in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For this reason–and because a curator’s husband is currently the on-site conservator–the staff organized a brown bag lunch tour of the house.

Over a picnic lunch, Chris Storb, project conservator of furniture and woodwork, told us all we needed to know aboutthe history of the mansion; it was built in the 1760s by Thomas Nevell on a site purchased by wealthy ship captain John Macpherson. A few years ago, the museum had the buildings restored, which is where Chris comes in. He is currently working on carved wooden architectural decorations in the upstairs bedroom, including a frieze to be mounted above the fireplace. His work is beautiful, and amazing considering that the design is taken from various references and no exact original.

The mansion is open 5 days a week for tours, but the park is open every day for bike rides, strolls, or picnics! Whether or not you are able to visit Mt Pleasant in person, take a look at all of the work that went into it’s restoration.

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