Giving Tuesday 2019

Help us repair our iron cresting atop the historic Phelps Mansion Museum. Your support helps us to continue to preserve our 150 year building.

A fundraising campaign for Phelps Mansion Museum

An architectural feature characteristic of 2nd Empire design is the mansard roof with decorative iron cresting on top. Recently a piece of our cresting along the tower on the front of the mansion broke loose from its support and will need to be repaired. While we were able to safely  get the piece down from the building thanks to W.L. Klines Construction,  it will require the use of a lift to properly and safely put it back. It is also our intention to have all of the supports and bolts checked when the weather gets better and the cresting across the top of the mansion will soon need to be painted.

For this Giving Tuesday coming up on December 3rd we are asking for your help to restore this piece to its proper place and help us with the preventive maintenance that will need to be done soon .  Please consider making a donation as part of this years Giving Tuesday campaign.  No amount is too small. We appreciate your support in helping the museum preserve a 150 year old piece of Binghamton's history.

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About the Organization

In 1868 and 1869 Sherman David Phelps, a banker and businessman, bought three adjoining properties along Court Street. The three existing houses were torn down so that construction could begin on a new home. The initial cost for the mansion was projected at $70,000. Local architect Isaac Gale Perry was hired to design the new home, and John Stewart Wells was hired as the primary contractor for the project. Wells owned a local brick manufacturing plant. Wells’ construction was completed in 1871 at an estimated cost of $119,000. By 1905 the mansion became home to a private ladies club known as the Monday Afternoon Club. In 1986 the club became The Phelps Mansion Foundation and by 2005 we had received our temporary charter from the NYS Board of Regents. In 2011 the museum received its Absolute Charter. Today the museum is a part of the community. We offer tours of the historic mansion year round and we host several different programs throughout the year as well. Your support will help in our continuing preservation efforts and to expand our programming.