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Bryn Athyn in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Glencairn

Bryn Athyn Historic District

 
 
Glencairn NHL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
1. Glencairn NHL Marker
Inscription.  

Glencairn
is a contributing building to the
Bryn Athyn Historic District
designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America

Glencairn (1929-1939) is part of the historic district
that contains outstanding buildings of Beaux Arts
and Arts and Crafts architectural styles in a rural
landscape. Its use of unique designs, symbolism and
building materials is of the highest national achievement.
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Welcome to Glencairn Museum

Glencairn, built between 1928 and 1939, was the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn and their children, devoted members of the New Church congregation in Bryn Athyn. The building now serves as a museum of religious art and history. Glencairn Museum's remarkable collection illustrates religious life through the ages; galleries include ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic,

Glencairn and NHL Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
2. Glencairn and NHL Marker
Asian, and American Indian.

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Bryn Athyn Historic District

The Bryn Athyn Historic District, recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2008, includes the renowned Bryn Athyn Cathedral and several Pitcairn family residences. Cairnwood, a 19th century country house in the Beaux-Arts style, was built by John and Gertrude Pitcairn. Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a medieval-style house of worship, was dedicated in 1919. Glencairn, completed in 1939, was once the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, but now serves as a museum of religious art and history.

Bryn Athyn was founded as a religious community in the late 19th century by members of a Christian denomination known as the New Church. The designs of Bryn Athyn Cathedral and Glencairn evolved gradually, relying on scale and full-sized plaster models rather than on predetermined architectural plans. Creative input was sought from the craftsmen themselves, who worked together with designers in workshops and studios built for them on site.

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Erected 2008 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 40° 

Welcome to Glencairn Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
3. Welcome to Glencairn Museum Marker
8.203′ N, 75° 3.861′ W. Marker is in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. NHL marker is adjacent to the building, with the Welcome marker adjacent to the museum's parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn PA 19009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bryn Athyn Cathedral (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bryn Athyn Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Bryn Athyn Cathedral (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harold F. Pitcairn (approx. half a mile away); Welcome to Huntingdon Valley Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); All Aboard for Valley Falls (approx. 1.2 miles away); Melmar (approx. 2.1 miles away); Willow Grove United Methodist Church, 1889 (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bryn Athyn.
 
Also see . . .
1. Glencairn Museum. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Bryn Athyn Historic District. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Bryn Athyn Historic District Archives. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Borough of Bryn Athyn. (Submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories.
Welcome to Glencairn Museum Marker (back) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
4. Welcome to Glencairn Museum Marker (back)
Notable Buildings
 
Glencairn image. Click for full size.
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5. Glencairn
Glencairn image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
6. Glencairn
Partial view of NW Elevation from near NHL marker
Glencairn Museum Entrance Doorway image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
7. Glencairn Museum Entrance Doorway
Carvings around doorway arch include the names of the Pitcairn children
Glencairn image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
8. Glencairn
View of SE Tower Elevation, with carvings of the Pitcairn children below the balcony
Glencairn Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
9. Glencairn Courtyard
Showing Master Bedroom Sleeping Porch above Courtyard
Glencairn Courtyard image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
10. Glencairn Courtyard
View from Master Bedroom Sleeping Porch
Glencairn image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
11. Glencairn
View of the Philadelphia Skyline from Glencairn's Tower image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2019
12. View of the Philadelphia Skyline from Glencairn's Tower
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on July 1, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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