The iconic mansion at the Willows Park has a new lease and life thanks to a spirited group of Radnor residents whose innovative $2.8 million public/private partnership will revitalize and reimagine the building so it remains in perpetuity – the people’s house. A 10-year lease was signed on June 12, 2018 by Radnor Township providing the Willows Park Preserve with the right to operate the 10,000 square foot mansion, which sits atop the last-remaining expanse of public land in the Township.
The 18-month revitalization project, scheduled to begin in 2019, will transform the former residence into a self-sustaining event hub and nature retreat featuring dynamic, year round programming including food and art events, festivals and shows, live performances and recreation, and nature and environmental programming. It will be open daily for public use and for limited private events.
Warren Claytor Architects of Wayne, Pennsylvania has been hired to lead the initial phase of the revitalization effort focused on modernizing systems and enhancing functionality while preserving architectural character. The centerpiece of the project will be the south wing, which will become a bright and relaxed, indoor/outdoor porch-retreat. With absolutely stunning pond views, it will be the perfect gathering place for residents to share with family and friends daily. There will be public restroom access and reading materials and table games for visitor enjoyment.
An anonymous donor has contributed $1 million toward the $2.8 million revitalization project and Radnor Township pledged $1,816,660. The Willows Park Preserve is seeking donations from individuals and businesses to complete the “mansion” improvement plan, which includes several outdoor spaces: the fountain wall, wishing well courtyard, and patio extension.
RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE
VOLUNTEER. The Willows Park Preserve invites the community to join one of four committees: Fundraising and Friendraising; Programming and Planning; Heritage and Horticultural Conservation; Social and Hospitality. To receive a committee member job description please email Tish Long at email@example.com and indicate, which committee interests you.
COME HELP WITH CLEAN UP DAY AT THE WILLOWS MANSION ON SATURDAY, JUNE 30, AT 9:00 AM. COFFEE AND DONUTS SERVED.
DONATE. There are many ways to make a donation. The Willows Park Preserve seeks landscaping companies to donate time and material and building material suppliers for donations of: doors, windows, roofing, lighting fixtures, hardware, furniture, cabinetry and appliances to name a few. Also, major gifts may be made on behalf of a family, or individual with naming opportunities. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOMINATE a board member. The Radnor Board of Commissioners will appoint two new board members to the Willows Park Preserve Board and is currently seeking nominations. To submit a nomination click here.