Face-Lift At The Woodlands

November 3, 2011 | by Lauren Drapala

New facade at the Woodlands, November 2011. Credit: Lauren Drapala.

With just some grouting of the building’s stucco facade and a fresh coat of permeable paint, the Woodlands Mansion has a wonderful new facade. Those familiar with the house have become long-used to the tired, sad-looking appearance of the building. Although it was just a small amount of effort to restore the stucco, it marks a huge transition in the care and upkeep of the mansion. We look forward to future improvements!

The work was funded by History Making Productions, which will shoot scenes from the forthcoming “Yellow Fever and the Rebirth of the City” on the ground and inside the house.


About the Author

Lauren Drapala Lauren Drapala works as an architectural conservator at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2008 to earn her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, she has been mesmerized by the wealth of architectural resources throughout the city and its surrounding districts. Continuing the research she began in her graduate work, Lauren is currently authoring a book about the 20th century interiors and decorative screens of Robert Winthrop Chanler. Learn more about this project at

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