In 2000, The Wellness Community, a non-profit group dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families, decided that they wanted to make the historic Ridgeland Mansion their new home. The problem was that the accompanying barn on the property was in structural disarray and the mansion itself was not structured as an office/meeting facility. Luckily, Gardner/Fox was able to help The Wellness Community create a perfect space to fit their needs.
The first portion of the renovation was to the barn. Having to repair the foundation and basic structure of the barn meant that most of the exterior decorative elements and interior were stripped away. In order to maintain the historical integrity of the space, Gardner/Fox replicated the original exterior finishes over the new structurally sound facility. Inside the barn a new multi-purpose room, conference room, catering kitchen, bathroom, and second-floor apartment were created.
The exterior renovations to the mansion itself included the installation of a new asphalt shingle roof and the conversion of the rear porch into a sunroom/activity area. Inside, we renovated and updated the bathrooms, and well as completed the installation of a ducted split system central air conditioning system. The final portion of the renovation included the paving of a new parking lot, installing exterior lighting, and putting in an all new septic system.