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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. The Willows Park Preserve has raised $2.8 million to revitalize the mansion and hopes to secure an additional $5 million.

The Board of the Willows Park Preserve host garden party

On Saturday, September 21, 2019 The Board of the Willows Park Preserve invited guests to wear their garden attire and sample a seasonal menu, including refreshments. They were also invited to listen to live music and stroll through the Willows Mansion and Gardens. Event proceeds will be used for the Willow’s upkeep and maintenance. Willows Park Preserve Board Members were pictured in front of the mansion at the beginning of the event.

Willows Park Preserve fundraiser a home run

RADNOR—About 120 people turned out for a Willows Park Preserve fundraiser at the Willows mansion recently, enjoying a lovely late summer evening, the beautiful, sweeping view from the patio and the fabulous interior of the house, which dates to 1910. The WPP will be renovating the 16,000-square foot mansion and opening it up for the public to enjoy as a venue for cultural, educational, environmental and community programs.

Radnor BOC approves new 25-year lease with Willows Park Preserve

RADNOR — After some wrangling, the Radnor Board of Commissioners approved a new 25-year lease with the Willows Park Preserve, a nonprofit group that plans to renovate the more than 100-year-old mansion in the park that’s fallen on hard times.

The BOC voted 4-1, to approve the new lease, with Commissioner John Nagle abstaining in deference to the opinion of the parks and recreation board members who spoke out against it. Commissioner Luke Clark was absent.

Work underway for arboretum at the Willows

RADNOR >> The Willows park is named for a tree species, so it’s fitting that it’s going to become the home of a new arboretum.

“We’re just thrilled to get this first sponsorship to get the Willows Park Preserve,” said Tish Long, president of the new nonprofit group that is leasing the mansion at the Willows from the township and renovating it.

“With the disappearing tree canopy in Radnor Township, this being the largest parcel of open space, to have this be the site of the first township arboretum is wonderful.”

Bartlett Tree Experts in Bala Cynwyd is identifying and labeling 200 trees in the Willows near the circle driveway. For a Level 1 Arboretum designation, 25 trees must be identified and labeled.

“We are certainly excited to help with this project in any way that we can,” said Tom McCarthy, arborist and local area manager with Bartlett. “With an inventory like Bartlett is doing for the Willows, I have no doubt that we will achieve Level 1 Arboretum status. This is similar to other inventories we have done for other well-known arboreta in the area.”

Willows restoration and rehabilitation

The Willows Park Preserve is presently engaged in an extensive restoration and rehabilitation of the Willows Mansion, a beautiful example of Spanish Revival style architecture designed by Charles Barton Keen and constructed in 1910. Working with the local architecture firm of Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Willows Park Preserve seeks to revive and preserve former memories of the mansion’s grandeur while establishing new traditions that will secure its longevity. Respectful updates to the existing mansion combined with a sympathetic addition reminiscent of an historic Orangery will provide more accessible and functional spaces for a multitude of programs—seminars, concerts and social events to name a few—as well as the future offices for Willows Park Preserve. The A&B addition design goes to great lengths to preserve the sweeping views of the park while creating a beautiful and functional venue that will engage the public and can be enjoyed by all generations for years to come.

Archer & Buchanan Architecture is proud to be working in close collaboration with The Willows Park Preserve to complete an extensive restoration and rehabilitation project at the Willows Mansion, a beautiful example of Spanish Revival style architecture designed by Charles Barton Keen and constructed in 1910. Our work supports the Willows Park Preserve in their efforts to revive and preserve former memories of the mansion’s grandeur while establishing new traditions that will secure its longevity. Highlights of our involvement include making respectful updates to the existing mansion as well as designing a sympathetic addition reminiscent of an historic Orangery. The new and renovated spaces will provide a more accessible and functional venue for a multitude of programs—seminars, concerts and social events to name a few—as well as the future offices for Willows Park Preserve. Our design for the addition goes to great lengths to preserve the sweeping views of the park while creating a beautiful and functional property that will engage the public and can be enjoyed by all generations for years to come.

Willows Mansion Getting a New Roof

Roof replacements has begun at the Willows Mansion. The Willows Park Preserve is restoring the mansion to its original red Ludowici tile, a uniquely beautiful architectural terra cotta that was selected in 1910 by original architect Charles Barton Keen. Not only will the new roof look stunning, but it will stand the test of time with a 75-year warranty. Next up is repair work to the stucco, windows, trim, and doors, which starts this summer.

Kaller & Sons Contractors is installing the Ludowici tile roof.

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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