The Mission of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is to showcase Victorian era Philadelphia through the architecture, grounds/gardens, and collections; and to educate, entertain and inspire through onsite educational programming, tours, theatre events and lectures.

Long-term Historic Masonry Conservation

 with founder Andy DeGruchy and conservation mason Chris Hertz

On August 10 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm, the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion and gardens will serve as the backdrop for homeowners, preservation advocates and restoration specialists to make the lime connection!


On the surface, restoration projects may appear straight forward and intuitive; but there’s no substitute for skill, experience, and the right materials to fit the purpose. To bridge the knowledge gap, founder Andy DeGruchy and conservation mason Chris Hertz will discuss the science behind the breathable lime mortars while using the Mansion as an informal teaching example. Leading an interactive walk around the Mansion exterior, Andy and Chris will point out and explain the potential causes of brick and stone deterioration; the properties and benefits of using natural hydraulic lime mortars for historic masonry restoration; the importance of matching existing mortar and joint profiles where encountered in historic projects; and how to recognize inappropriate, incompatible, and uncomplimentary repairs. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and bring a small mortar sample to receive a recommendation for matching materials. Light refreshments include key lime bars, hors d’ oeuvres, lime punch, craft beer, and wine. Attendees may wander through the Victorian gardens and take a guided tour of the Mansion interiors as time permits.

Friday, August 10 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

COST: $25, MEMBER COST: $20.  Call (215)438-1861 for reservations or MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE