Construction Tour: Conservation of the John Bartram House

  • 10 Oct 2015
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Bartram's Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadephia, PA 19143


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Please join us for a tour of three-part construction project underway at Bartram’s Garden, a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the Schuylkill River.

The tour, which will be led by Dale Frens of Frens and Frens, LLC, will present the conservation of the John Bartram House and the geothermal HVAC system for the historic farmstead cluster, as well as the reconstruction of the Carr Garden, designed by a team lead by LRSLA Studio, Inc.

Frens and Frens (F&F) has participated in building conservation projects at Bartram’s Garden since 1989.  This project is in many ways a continuation of the building assessment and conservation project completed in 2001 that returned the building exterior to its appearance in 1811 when the outbuildings were completed and the exteriors of the buildings unified by a common paint scheme.  Current building conservation work includes replacement wood shingle roofing and roof drainage systems, stone masonry repointing, repairs to exterior woodwork, and exterior painting.  Interior conservation and restoration work includes repairs to plaster walls and ceilings and repainting of the entire interior, including plaster walls and ceilings and woodwork, like the exterior returned to their 1811 interpretive period.  One reconstruction component of the project is the reconstruction of the west porch, added by the Carrs c.1822 as part of the construction of the Carr Garden.  The geothermal HVAC system, designed by Advanced Engineering, Inc., consulting engineer to Frens and Frens, includes a well field of 20 300-foot borings, interconnected and brought to a central manifold located in large utility room in the Seed House, one of the outbuildings.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Bartram's Garden.

About the tour leader:

Dale Frens is an architect specializing in architectural restoration and restoration technology, and is principal of Frens and Frens, LLC. Dale is a registered architect in the states of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware and holds an NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Certificate.