Bartram’s Garden Farmhouse To Reopen Friday


John Bartram House will reopen on April 1 after $2.7 million in renovations | Photo courtesy of Bartram’s Gardens

  • On April 1, the stewards of Bartram’s Garden will unveil the $2.7 million in renovations made to the original stone farmhouse in preparation for the additional attention the historic site will receive upon the opening of the Bartram’s Mile segment of the Schuylkill River Trail. Improvements include a new roof and a geothermal heating and cooling system, the latter of which Flying Kite says proved more difficult to install than anticipated, due to the sands underneath. The site’s programming will also be refreshed with greater focus on the women who helped make this research lab en plein air possible–the original nineteenth century portico and garden of John Bartram’s granddaughter Ann Bartram Carr is currently being recreated at the house’s western entrance.
  • Temple University has tapped architecture firms AECOM and Moody Nolan to design its $126 million, 35,000-seat football stadium proposed for the southeast corner of North Broad & Norris Streets. When the design’s $1 million in funds were approved last month, university president Neil Theobald suggested that two retail strips (one along Montgomery Avenue, the other along North Broad), emulating those adjacent to Boston’s Fenway Park, would greatly encourage the economic development of the neighborhood.
  • Naked Philly considers the set of four mansions coming to the empty lot at 212-24 South 3rd Street, immediately opposite the site of the press that printed the initial copies of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. The blog estimates a $1.5 million price tag for the contemporary styled mansions, and hopes that they will sell quickly enough to refocus their developers’ attention to reusing the old Salvation Army building on the corner.
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