Photos by Ward Bucher
Now the centerpiece of the Oak Creek golf course community, the 1820 Bowieville Mansion has undergone a museum quality restoration. The rehabilitation turned a badly damaged, abandoned historic property into a living landmark in pristine condition. The construction work included restoration of both the exterior and historic interior spaces, and insertion of all new MEP systems.
The project was awarded federal, state and county historic tax credits, through the architect’s assistance. All work met or exceeded all criteria from state and county agencies, the National Park Service, as well as exceeding the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Though neglect, water damage and vandalism caused severe deterioration, there were enough remnants of the original historic fabric, such as the widow’s walk, porch columns, original stucco, doors, windows, and trim, to guide the restoration. The spatial structure for all primary spaces was maintained, even where the use changed.
The property is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architectural and historic significance.
Received The Prince George’s County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award for the ‘Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration of the Bowieville Mansion’ & American Institute of Architects DC Chapter Award of Merit for Historic Resources
2007 Historic Resources Merit Award – AIA DC Chapter
2006 Award for Outstanding and Sensitive Restoration – PG County Historical Society St. George’s Day Award