Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA

ROCKLAND MANSION was built in 1815 as a country estate on one of the bluffs overlooking the Schuylkill River as a retreat from the noise, dirt and the occasional Yellow Fever epidemics of the City.

The Fairmount Park Commission engaged us to complete a faithful restoration of the building entailing a detailed building survey with archeological attention paid to determination of the original plan before later alterations were made. We restored fireplaces, mouldings, millwork and hardware to their original condition, conducted an historic paint analysis of original paint colors and brought the building back to its original form, albeit with the introduction of an unobtrusive modern system for heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

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