Bartow-Pell Mansion

Thomas Pell purchased the land on which the Bartow-Pell Mansion now sites in 1654 from the Siwanoy Indians. Four generations of Pells lived on the manor until it was divided after the Revolutionary War.

In 1836, Pell family descendant Robert Bartow and his wife, Maria Lorillard, purchased part of the old manor and built a fashionable three-story Greek Revival mansion, with a dramatic freestanding spiral staircase connecting the elegant parlors on the ground floor with the bedrooms above. The Bartow-Pell Mansion was surrounded by pastureland, orchards, and lawns sloping down to the bay.

The family lived in the house for 50 years, until the Bartows’ children sold the estate to the City of New York in 1888 as part of the new Pelham Bay Park. In 1914, the International Garden Club adopted the Mansion as its clubhouse, restoring and enlarging it. The Club installed the elegant terraced gardens in 1916.

In 1936, during one of the hottest summers on record, Mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia moved his staff north to Bartow-Pell Mansion and directed the affairs of the City from a phone bank in the basement. Ten years later, in 1946, the Garden Club opened Bartow-Pell Mansion to the public as a museum.

Today, the interiors have been restored to their 19th-Century appearance and feature important period furnishings by New York cabinetmakers and painters. Bartow-Pell Mansion is a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark.

Bartow-Pell Mansion is owned by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, operated by the Bartow-Pell Conservancy, and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.

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Pelham Bay/Orchard Beach is the largest park in New York City. Nearly 3,000 acres encompass forest, marshland and rocky coastline, as well as a one-mile swimming beach. The varied habitat supports a diversity of wildlife throughout the park. A swamp in the Central Woodlands is a prime environment for migratory songbirds and ruby-throated hummingbirds. Harbor seals can be seen in the winter months during low tide along the coastline. Several red-tailed hawks make their home high in the forest trees.





Bartow-Pell Mansion


Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Pelham Bay Park
895 Shore Road
Bronx, NY 10464
(718) 885-1461

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Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Subway: #6 subway to Pelham Bay Station, then #45 Westchester Bee Line bus to museum gates (no bus on Sundays)
Handicap Access Symbol Note: Pelham Bay Station Elevator Currently Not in Service.  Take #2 or #5 subway to Pelham Parkway Station, then Bx12 bus to Pelham Bay Station.   
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$8.00 for Adults; $6.00 for Seniors and Students; Free for children under 6.

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