May 2, 2012

A Beauty in the Bronx: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

As I sift through the many, MANY, High Point Market photos and try and organize my thoughts about everything I saw while I was there, I wanted to share with you a wonderful campaign which came to my attention by way of  a friend and fellow blogger Lynn Byrne from Decor Arts Now.

I am always eager to help give back and assuring that my children as well as theirs and yours, get to experience and enjoy moments of joy and beauty in cultural settings. These help enrich them as whole and complete future adults and this campaign, could not help a more deserving local landmark - The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum.

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum's story, or the *Beauty in the Bronx* as it is known, began in 1654 when Thomas Pell, an English doctor from Connecticut settled on this estate. Post-Revolutionary War, it was bought in 1836 by Robert Bartow who built the present Grecian style stone mansion with Greek Revival interiors. He moved into the house with his wife and children in 1842. Nearly 100 years later, Bartow-Pell Mansion opened it's doors as a museum.

The Neoclassical style Double Parlors via

Not only are there interiors to inspire, even the youngest of designers..

but exhibitions and events are always taking place for the whole family to enjoy!

On view at BPMM from April 1 to July 1 is an exhibition of antique garden tools collected
by landscape architect Mark Morrison.

In every season...

With amazing details in every element of the architecture ...

to the most intricate exquisite details in every decorative piece of furniture and art within this museum as well....

Every care has been brought to preserving and keeping this haven, which is only a short car drive from Manhattan, in the best possible state.
But, they need our help ->> as The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has this fantastic opportunity to receive $150,000 in grant funds to restore their gardens.

It is so easy to help guarantee that some funds are awarded to them, all we have to do is vote.
Show that we care via Facebook and their page.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has an exciting opportunity to receive $150,000 in grant funds to restore their gardens. You can help increase our chances!
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected BPMM to participate in this year's Partners in Preservation program to compete for $3 million in preservation funds.
As one of only 40 sites selected in New York City, this is a a month-long online contest that invites people to cast votes for the places they would most like to see receive the prize money. It's like the "American Idol" of historic preservation. The four sites that earn the highest number of public votes are guaranteed to receive funding.

There are two ways to vote:

  1. Go to Once you register on the site, you can easily vote once a day through May 21
  2. Vote at, once a day through May 21
* all images courtesy of Bartow-Pell. First and last images by photographer Richard Warren.


  1. Thanks for sharing this piece of architectural and interior history. The details are amazing!!


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