JEFFERSON REPORTER, Thursday, April 16, 1970- -3
SEEN FRO I THE FRONT
the new Parks Department headquarters sits amid a wide variety of trees and within site of the zoo and
new tennis center of Trevilian Way.
In this way we hope to " . . placate the diverse
interests," said Bradley, "and get the best possible public
use of the building."
mansion was built in 1946 by
The huge four-levBenjamin Collings, a wealthy contractor. However, the
structure wasTeslgned to be be reminiscent oTa nineteenth
century southern mansion.
Presently workmen are in the process of converting the
IS major rooms on the two main floors and the 1 1 or more
bathrooms, and other closets and crannies, into usable space
for the parks department.
The Parks Department Costume Shop will be housed in
the basement of the building, and the spacious attic will be
available for expansion if necessary.
Great care is being taken ". . . not to disturb the basic
structure of the building," explained Bradley. Unusable
cabinets and fixtures will be removed and kept in dry
storage in the basement.
In particular the pegged hardwood floors will be
unmolested by the new inhabitants.
Some of the most extravagant appointments will be
converted by the Parks Department for other uses. The
marble massage table will be a stable base for printing and
Separate windowed women's shoe compartments will be
used to keep parks records.
A huge iron floor safe in Collings' office will be given to
any governmental agency which can find a use for it;i,,', One, pf sthe greatest practical advantages of moving the
Parks Department from its two present locations at Central
Park and at 2649 Helm, according to Bradley, will be an
increase in efficiency resulting from having the entire
department under one roof.
The large sloping grounds that surround the Collings
mansion are not presently owned by the city. This land is
owned by Bellarmine College. But Bradley hopes to make
an arrangement with the college so that the Parks
Department can utilize the land which Bellarmine is not
"It would be ideal for a nine hole golf course," said
One of the most luxurious of all the fixtures will
probably not be used except by an occasional passerby.
Perhaps "the epitome of richness," according to Bradley, is
found, not in the mansion, but in the dog pen. On each
side of the colonial styled dog house is a fake fire
hydrants, thoughtfully installed for the rich dog's
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occupied by offices, there will also be a large meeting room
available for the use of any eleemosynary or
organization, and the opulent muraled center foyer and
balconies of the house will be opened regularly for public
A FIRE HYDKAN I (seen tnrougn ine piUars of the dog house)
was thoughtfully installed by the Collings.
THE FRONT DOOR of the mansion wO soon be open to the
udiic. ine rams uepartment is scheduled to be in the new
me by July 1.
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THE CENTER FOYER of the CoCings mansion will be open to public tours after the Parks' Department is settled
its new home.