Beechwood Estate | The Shipley School

Restoration of Beechwood Estate involved removing alterations made over the building’s hundred-year history and preserving it for the future.

Designed in the late 19th century by architect Addison Hutton, Beechwood Estate served many roles at the Shipley School. When the school proposed demolition of the building, community outcry persuaded the school to renovate the building instead. Having been wrapped in stucco for a generation, the polychromatic brick of Hutton’s original design was a delightful surprise to the school and the community. Removal of an entryway overhang revealed the original grand stair, featured on the exterior by a huge two-story window that today would be considered an atrium. Interior alterations were reversed to bring back the warmth and open circulation of the original house. Its new program includes offices and staff apartments.

The restoration of Beechwood Estate earned the building team an Historic Architectural Review Board Award from Lower Merion Township and a 2002 Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

Restoration of Beechwood Estate involved removing alterations made over the building’s hundred-year history and preserving it for the future.

Designed in the late 19th century by architect Addison Hutton, Beechwood Estate served many roles at the Shipley School. When the school proposed demolition of the building, community outcry persuaded the school to renovate the building instead. Having been wrapped in stucco for a generation, the polychromatic brick of Hutton’s original design was a delightful surprise to the school and the community. Removal of an entryway overhang revealed the original grand stair, featured on the exterior by a huge two-story window that today would be considered an atrium. Interior alterations were reversed to bring back the warmth and open circulation of the original house. Its new program includes offices and staff apartments.

The restoration of Beechwood Estate earned the building team an Historic Architectural Review Board Award from Lower Merion Township and a 2002 Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

CLIENT: Frens and Frens, LLC
LOCATION: Bryn Mawr, PA

TYPE: Academic, Historic, SERVICES: Adaptive Reuse, Historic Preservation, Renovation, Restoration, MATERIALS: Masonry, Steel, Wood, SUSTAINABILITY: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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