March 23, 2017

Ground Reconsidered receives Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia

Bartram’s Garden: The Preservation of the John Bartram House and Re-Creation of the Ann Bartram Carr Garden has recently been awarded a 2017 Grand Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance of Philadelphia.

In 2016, Bartram’s Garden launched a $2.7 million house and garden restoration project that created a welcoming new entrance and broadened interpretation as the garden gains momentum as a regional destination. The house and garden restoration included three major components: preservation of the historic John Bartram House, re-creation of Ann Bartram Carr’s nineteenth century display garden, and the introduction of geothermal heat sourcing for the house and historic outbuildings, including the barn, stable, coach house, and John Bartram’s original seed house dating back to the 1760’s.

Located to the west of the house, the Ann Bartram Carr Garden is the first major garden restoration project at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century. The garden is restored to reflect both its nineteenth century roots and twenty first century potential. Restoration efforts were based on historic descriptions, photographs, drawings, and archeological investigation.  Extensive research was conducted on every aspect of the garden, from the overall layout of the beds and paths to the plants, paving, and the detailing of the fence and trellis structures within the garden.

Ground Reconsidered would like to thank: our client, the John Bartram Association; our team members Johnson Mirmiran & Thompson and Materials Conservation Co.; and our partners in the house restoration and construction, Frens and Frens, Fairmount Park Conservancy, and CVMNEXT.