Willows Park Preserve Welcomes James E. McDaniel as Executive Director.

McDaniel to lead the non-profit in rejuvenating the Willows Park and Mansion in Villanova

Villanova, Pa. (Nov. 18, 2019) – The Willows Park Preserve announced today the appointment of James E. McDaniel as executive director. In this role, McDaniel will oversee the restoration of the Willows Mansion and guide the vision for what will become a self-sustaining dynamic community hub for public access, programming and community enrichment for all ages.

“Willows Park Preserve is thrilled to appoint James McDaniel as our first executive director.” said Tish Long, Willows Park Preserve board president. “His knowledge, expertise and experience will jumpstart our mission to revitalize the Willows, and help to create a wonderful asset for community engagement in Radnor. It is an historic step for us and will give the project a permanent, daily presence on site at the property.”

With a $1M anonymous donation, a shuttered historic mansion in Villanova will come back to life

The Willows Mansion, a century-old property owned by Radnor Township that has fallen into disrepair, will be preserved, renovated, and kept as a public space after the township and a newly created private preservation organization recently signed a 10-year lease.

Radnor residents spruce up area outside Willows mansion

Men, women and children armed with rakes, shovels and green thumbs spent part of Saturday, June 30 cleaning up the area around the Willows mansion. The Willows Park Preserve, the nonprofit leading the charge to revitalize and re-imagine the mansion, organized the clean up day. The group filled planters with rose bushes, tidied up flower beds, swept and mulched so the house looks presentable for potential donors who will tour the mansion all summer.

Group unveils new renovation plans for Willows mansion in Radnor

Members of the Willows Park Preserve presented their latest plans for the mansion renovation to the board of commissioners Monday.

The mansion, which dates to 1910 and was designed by noted architect Charles Barton Keen, had been empty and in disrepair for several years after township officials could not agree on a proposal for its use.

Group inks lease with Radnor Township for Willows mansion

Long an empty white elephant standing on the hilltop in the Willows, a gem of a park in Radnor Township, a plucky group of residents has managed to sign a 10-year lease with the township to preserve, renovate and run the mansion, which dates to 1910.

“We’re really excited,” said Tish Long, president of the Willows Park Preserve, the nonprofit formed by the residents who spearheaded the plan to preserve the mansion.

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