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Design Completed for the First Phase of a Major Restoration Effort at the Morris-Jumel Mansion

White historic mansion with pediment and columns.

The Historic House Trust of New York City has released an RFP and invited qualified contractors to bid on the first phase of a major restoration project at this 1765 landmark. 

We are excited to announce that after a comprehensive and collaborative design process with consultant Page Ayres Cowley Architecture, we are ready to initiate the next phase of an exciting capital project at the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Upper Manhattan. 

Planning for this project began in 2021 when a smaller scope was sufficiently funded at $2.7M. Thanks to the generous support of elected officials as well as the advocacy of our partners at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, project funding has grown to almost $9M across two phases which will allow us to address critical needs including restoring the roof, exterior, and columns, completing electrical upgrades, and improving ADA accessibility.

As with many complex projects involving historic buildings, the design process has been slowed at times to allow additional investigations and approvals for sensitive areas. “We are confident” says Historic House Trust Executive Director Meredith Horsford “that this design process has resulted in a thoughtful plan to not only preserve the historic building, but also to welcome more people through the doors to experience the important history housed here.” 

For more information on the restoration process, check out the recorded Morris-Jumel Mansion Virtual Parlor Chats from December 2023 and April 2024 featuring a variety of guests involved in making this project a success. 

Click here to learn more about the steps that take a capital project like this from start to finish.

Man in a mechanical lift underneath a white historic house portico.
An important part of the design process for a historic building is investigative probes to check the underlying conditions of the building.
Two men in yellow reflective vest using complex equipment near a brown florr.
Investigative probes also help to identify potential problems that can be addressed in design documents before reaching the construction phase.

We are very grateful for the support of former elected officials Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, as well as continued support from Mayor Eric L. Adams, Council Member Carmen De La Rosa, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine.

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