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Melwood Parke Manor


Melwood Parke property consists of an 18th century plantation house, remnants of an early 19th century garden and other historical landscape and archeological remains from its 300 year history. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has easements held by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC).  All work is to be completed following the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.  Bell has provided programming and master planing services to reactivate the historic site with a new compatible use.  The rehabilitation of the Manor house and the property will be done in multiple phases.

Phase I includes structural stabilization and Phase II will involve corrective measures to the structure to bring it closer to level and plumb. Stabilization efforts will involve structural reinforcement and reconstruction of the south-facing masonry wall as well as the complete reinforcement and reconstruction of the building’s foundations. A new foundation will be constructed under the entire structure and the masonry wall will be reconstructed using the salvaged material.   Windows and doors at the south elevation will be rehabilitated and reinstalled in their original locations.

Immediately following the Phase II Stabilization phase, the design for the house rehabilitation will commence, which will include complete building rehabilitation and construction of a reinterpreted ell addition. The use of the house, as it is currently planned, is to be a small event venue – such as for private dinners – and the ell extension will provide the modern support spaces required including kitchen facilities.

The final phase of work on the Melwood Parke Manor property is yet to be determined. This phase will most likely include site design and design of secondary facilities. Design could occur concurrently or independently of the Manor House.