Beauty in the Bronx
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Carriage House, a New York historic estate located in the Bronx

May 22, 2012 Update:
We won! Thank you to all our supporters who helped us win the popular vote to restore our gardens.

Vote Bartow-Pell

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum has an exciting opportunity to receive $150,000 in grant funds to restore our gardens. You can help increase our chances!

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have selected BPMM to participate in this year's Partners in Preservation program to compete for $3 million in preservation funds.

As one of only 40 sites selected in New York City, we are now in a month-long online contest that invites people to cast votes for the places they would most like to see receive the prize money. It's like the "American Idol" of historic preservation. The four sites that earn the highest number of public votes are guaranteed to receive funding.

How to vote

There are two ways to vote:

  1. Go to Once you register on the site, you can easily vote once a day through May 21
  2. Vote at, once a day through May 21

We are up against some big New York landmarks (the Intrepid! the Guggenheim!), so we really appreciate your support.

More about Bartow-Pell:

How are the winners selected? Each participating site submitted a proposal for their use of the grant money. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation along with an Advisory Committee of preservation experts and community leaders will review the proposals and decide who gets what share of the $3 million grant money. Only the top 4 public vote getters are guaranteed a grant so your vote really counts!

How will we use organization use the grant? We are seeking $155,000 to restore Bartow-Pell's beautiful, ca. 1916 Delano & Aldrich-designed garden, the historic Pell family cemetery, and the chestnut tree allée.

Why should we care about restoring the garden?
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum is Pelham Bay Park's last remaining great country estate. Its history spans four centuries, from Thomas Pell's 1654 land purchase from the Siwanoy Indians to its current role as a vibrant museum and community hub. In 2014, the Bartow-Pell Conservancy will celebrate its centennial by restoring the Delano & Aldrich gardens, ensuring the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum's future as a four-season destination for all.

Come visit us! See the Aaron Burr desk and the Lannuier bed, stroll the terraced gardens and wooded trails, listen to music, and enjoy the Bronx countryside-you'll understand why Bartow-Pell is worth your preservation votes!

Beauty in the Bronx: Vote for Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum