Introduction | The Team | The Process | Key Findings | The Opportunites

The Vision Summary

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum is widely recognized as a thoughtfully conserved and authentic historic site of consequence; a cultural landscape of historical importance and contemporary relevance; and a place of tranquility, beauty, and repose.

Blithewold respects founding family member Bessie Van Wickle’s vision of creating “an estate in which new beauties are constantly revealed and the perfect accord between Architecture and Grounds is ever apparent.”

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Possible Projects

The Master Plan includes many possible plans for the projects for the property. Over the course of the next year we will post the architects renderings of the possibilities. The first will be posted in February.




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