The Woodlands Cryptoporticus Assessment & Preservation

  • 12 Mar 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
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William Hamilton’s seat at The Woodlands was recognized throughout post-revolutionary America as a leading example of English taste in architecture and landscape gardening.  Its centerpiece is Hamilton’s mansion-house, which stands as one of the greatest American domestic achievements of the eighteenth-century. The internal service spaces of the Mansion are particularly unique, and include the cryptoporticus – a passageway running beneath the north terrace entry to the mansion. This brick arched structure has been failing for decades, and a series of short-term interventions were taken to temporarily stabilize the structure. In 2013, The Woodlands began an assessment of the structure to plan a more permanent solution for the preservation of this important feature.

A one-million-dollar restoration of the cryptoporticus is currently underway, and the top of the brick arch is exposed for the first time in centuries. This event will take you behind the construction fence for a tour of the site.

The tour will be led by the assessment and design team, including: Claire Donato (Mark B. Thompson Associates); Gary Gredell (Gredell & Associates); and Dorothy Krotzer (Building Conservation Associates, Inc.).

NOTE: This event qualifies for AIA-CES credit.