The deadline to submit a proposal to Radnor Township for the Willows mansion and cottage was Friday, Oct. 5.
One person who submitted a proposal is Robert McManus, a contractor and Radnor Township resident. McManus told Radnor Patch that he wants to provide a "To-The-Manor-Born" experience.
"Very, very, very few of us grew up at a manor with pleasant activities... long views, afternoon tea and fun filled nights of live music, dancing and an evening dip in the pool. But if my proposal is adopted, that experience would be possible for anyone who books the Willows for a wedding...or who attends a monthly township event."
McManus said "I see no reason at all why the Willows can't have a robust wedding venue for one, two, even three weddings all in the same weekend. My proposal speaks to this future model...a model that has proven lucrative for other venues. A model that can be realized with a few logistical changes already suggested in a previous open space study the township commissioned years ago."
"Fellow University of Pennsylvania alum Charles Barton Keen designed Rose Garland and the Clubhouses off most of the area country clubs. Aronomink, Overbrook, St. Davids, Valley Forge are all elegant places that host weddings and social events year round. We just have to remember Keen's vision and embrace this "To-The-Manor-Born" idea...and we too can escape our stressful world for a day, a night... or a weekend."
Caterer Tells His Plan for Willows Mansion