Merestead Site Development

Merestead is a Georgian mansion and gardens on 130 acres in the Towns of Bedford and New Castle, New York, and deeded to Westchester County in the early-1980s. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. AKRF prepared a Cultural Landscape Report as part of the County’s proposal to rehabilitate and adapt the main house for public use. We researched and documented the estate’s historic landscape, analyzed existing conditions, and provided recommendations for treatment and management of the landscape. AKRF established a preservation philosophy for the project with clearly defined goals based on research and analysis in order to ensure a successful balance between historic preservation and innovative change to ensure the site’s continued historic relevance.

Updated 1907 landscape plan

Front of house

Bridge inspection

View from garden toward house

Newsworthy

Our project sought to achieve a successful balance between historic preservation and innovative change to ensure the site’s continued historic relevance.

WHAT WE DID
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