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Lower Merion Academy

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1812–1813, Joseph Price and Nathan Lewis, builders. 501 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd

The continuity of culture across the larger region is evident in the similarity between this school and the Georgian-proportioned Germantown Academy of half a century earlier ( PH157). Classrooms occupied the first and second stories while the third had quarters for the teacher. A cupola with a prescribed weathervane of a spear and vane and a lightning rod crowned the roof. The building presently houses the Lower Merion Historical Society.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Lower Merion Academy", [Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 189-189.

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