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Bryn Mawr College

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1885 established. Bounded roughly by N. Roberts and New Gulph rds., Morris and Wyndon aves., and Yarrow St.
  • Bryn Mawr College (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Bryn Mawr College (Richard W. Longstreth)

Bryn Mawr College was founded by Joseph Taylor to educate women of the Society of Friends as a counterpart to the nearby Orthodox Haverford College ( DE36). Its campus is the setting for the most important group of buildings in Montgomery County and with its neighboring landmarks should not be missed. A tour might begin at the Visitors’ Center on Yarrow Street, a former house designed c. 1885 by Furness and Evans for Charles Perkins and modified in 1896 toward historicizing Gothic by Furness's pupil William L. Price for Autocar manufacturer John Clarke, brother of Louis Clarke (see MO11), another Price client. Buell Kratzer Powell restored the house and enlarged it to serve as the admissions office in 2000. Nearby is the Faculty Club, formerly the Ely house, a colonial farmhouse that was enlarged in the late nineteenth century when it was the home of Pennsylvania Railroad's manager for traction power Theodore Ely. From here a walk continues across Merion Avenue under the Pembroke arch into the heart of the campus.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Bryn Mawr College", [Bryn Mawr, 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, 193-193.

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