Capital Campaign Updates & Projects
The Maymont Foundation is planning its first ever Foundation Headquarters to be located adjacent to the Farm parking lot at 1000 Westover and 1001 Spottswood. The relocation of staff offices responds to long identified needs: to consolidate administrative office and support in a central location for efficiency and effectiveness, and to re-purpose historic buildings for other mission-related activities.
The construction of a new centralized Horticulture Building will dramatically increase the efficiency of our horticulture, maintenance and public safety departments currently housed in various buildings across the estate. This 2,200 square ft. building includes repair bays, chemical/tool/equipment storage areas, offices, restrooms, and a break area for volunteers. An additional 3,500 sq. ft. covered area will accommodate storage of tractors, mowers, maintenance vehicles, golf carts, and a fueling pad.
Urban Design Committee Application
Neighborhood Meeting Slideshow Presentation – August 18, 2015
Map of Projects Considered, Planned, Designed or Under Construction
Planning Commission Meeting – September 8, 2015
We welcome your input on the Spirit of Generosity campaign projects. Email your comments to us.
Phase 1 Projects – Completed
FARM COMPLEX AND WELCOME AREA
The Farm at Maymont underwent its first renovation since it was relocated in 1983. Improvements and expansion at the site provide new guest amenities and create new program opportunities. Improvements include:
- Barn renovation
- New Classrooms for Programs and Birthday Parties
- Restroom expansion and improvements
- New Welcome Area
- Expanded parking lot
Make your mark along the Path to the Pastures: Purchase a commemorative engraved paver to be placed at the Farm entrance.
Preservation of the Dooleys’ former home has been a central priority for the Campaign. One of the first projects was the successful completion of a Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $1.25 million Dale Cyrus Wheary Mansion Endowment will help sustain the historic house museum and its collection for generations to come. “Maymont: An American Estate,” released in 2015, was the first publication to present the full story of Richmond’s beloved treasure. The lavishly illustrated book, written by Dale Wheary, Curator and Director of Historical Collections and Programs from 1978 through 2018, relates the story of the Dooleys, their estate, the collection, the landscape, and the later additions of Maymont’s ever-popular animal and nature habitats and carriage collection. In addition, a prioritized Preservation Plan, based on a two-year study of the historic structure and its systems, was developed and will serve as the basis for implementation of an extensive Maymont Mansion architectural restoration project. A condition survey of all 94 mansion windows was conducted and a phased treatment plan was developed and began implementation in 2016. Exterior-mounted laminated panes were fabricated and installed to protect the original window frames and sashes, to reduce damaging UV and visible light transmission, and to reduce air, moisture, particulate, insect infiltration, and energy consumption. The Campaign also funded important drapery and historic textiles projects aimed to enhance the authenticity of the Gilded Age interiors, including draperies and chair cushions for the Swan Room, draperies in the Blue Drawing Room, and conservation of Maymont’s treasured Don Quixote Tapestry.
SIGNAGE AND TECHNOLOGY
The multi-year $2 million Spirit of Generosity signage and technology project fulfilled the goal to enhance park-wide guest services that help visitors navigate, experience and sustain Maymont during their outings. Results of the initiative include new way-finding, interpretive and welcome signage as well as a new digital donation system. Comprehensive directional signs were completed in 2015 and now guide visitors along their journey from their arrival to each planned destination and spontaneous adventure. The guest experience has been further enhanced with interpretive signage, full of fun facts and fascinating history, which was installed at key points in 2016 and 2017. To complete the unified new signage system, three welcome signs were installed at the Maymont Farm in 2018. Eye-catching purple donation machines, located at the Farm and the Historic Estate entrances, were also installed in 2018. These donation stations have made it possible – for the first time ever – for guests to donate via credit card at locations within Maymont.
A new rain garden, adjacent to the Farm, is a beautiful addition that will to make a positive impact on the environment. This landscape is designed to slow and clean storm water runoff from the parking lot, reducing the amount of phosphorus and nitrogen that seep back into the James River watershed and the Chesapeake Bay. Plants in this area are hardy, strong-rooted perennials and grasses that can withstand a forceful water flow and wet or dry conditions. It is designed to be an inspiration for home-owning guests who can implement the same concepts in their own landscape. The garden was made possible in part with grant funding from the National Fisheries and Wildlife Foundation.
To learn more about capital campaign giving opportunities or endowment gifts, email Maymont Director of Advancement and Development Anne DuBois or call her at 804-358-7166, ext. 321.