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Glencairn Museum (Raymond Pitcairn House)
Enthusiasm and vast wealth made up for a lack of professional training in this remarkable project that continued the values of William Morris's Arts and Crafts movement until the beginnings of World War II. Raymond Pitcairn had served as the clerk of the works for Cram's cathedral (
MO40), bringing to life his father's vision of a medieval craft revival to represent the values of Emmanuel Swedenborg's New Church. This led him to design his house as a part of the Bryn Athyn complex. To overcome his lack of training, Pitcairn, like Henry Mercer in Doylestown, developed the forms of his proposed building from plaster models, arriving at a powerful Romanesque pile that he constructed over a reinforced concrete frame. The brilliant blue tile roof contrasts with warm brown hues of stones gathered from the family's favorite vacation
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