*Page Updated May 2021*

Applewood Master Plan & Projects

The Ruth Mott Foundation recently updated the Applewood Master Plan, which provides a road map for the development and care of Applewood for the next 10-15 years. We will post updates here on the projects, including information for our visitors about potentially restricted access to areas under active construction.

Phase One of the Applewood Master Plan includes two components: constructing a parking lot on property across from Applewood’s main gate on Kearsley Street and adding amenities on the estate’s south property/lower gardens area.

Applewood Master Plan Map

Parking Lot
South Property
Main House


Parking Lot

The Ruth Mott Foundation plans to construct a parking lot on the property at 305 Walnut Street, across Kearsley Street from the main entrance of Applewood. The lot will serve as shared parking for Applewood and the Flint Cultural Center, and is conveniently located near The Whiting auditorium.

MAY 2021:

A site plan for the parking lot property is in process.

Landscape image of the South Property at Applewood, including the Barn and Chicken Coop

South Property

The Applewood Master Plan calls for a new pavilion with restrooms and open air shelter in the lower gardens area of Applewood, near the historic barn and chicken coop and the Demonstration Garden.

May 2021:

Design work for the lower gardens pavilion is ongoing. The pavilion design is planned to be sympathetic and complementary to the historic structures at Applewood and include open air space as well as shelter from the elements. The pavilion will include accessible restrooms, a quiet/nursing room, seating, and learning spaces.

Applewood window wells under construction

Main House – Window Wells

While not part of the Master Plan, the main house at Applewood underwent window well repair and replacement in 2020 as part of its routine preservation and maintenance cycle. This work will ensure the 100-plus-year-old house is preserved for generations to come.

May 2021:

The window well work has been completed and the limestone finishes were reinstalled on the exterior of the house. The landscaping around the house is expected to be replaced this spring and summer.