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.