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Glencairn Museum - Bryn Athyn, PA

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Multi-millionaire businessman, Raymond Pitcairn and his wife, Mildred Glenn built "Glencairn" between 1928 and 1939. It is a castle-like mansion located in Bryn Athyn, PA, and was home to the Pitcairn family for more than 40 years. The home's name was a combination of Raymond and Mildred's surnames. Raymond had no formal training in architecture but designed the Romanesque-style building using a series of models.


The nine-story stone mansion features more than 90 rooms on 10 floors. The exterior features a nine-story tower, carved doorways, pillars, and wall insets.


The Pitcairn fortune derived from the Pittsburg Plate Glass Company, where his father John Pitcairn, Jr. (1841-1916), was director. Adjacent to "Glencairn" is Raymond Pitcairn's first architectural success, the Gothic Revival Bryn Athyn Cathedral (1913–19), and his father's house "Cairnwood."


Raymond died in 1966 and Mildred passed away in 1979. The mansion, it's collections and Pitcairn archives, were provided to the Academy of the New Church.


Now known as the Glencairn Museum, it contains a collection of about 8,000 artworks, mostly religious in nature, from cultures such as ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and medieval Europe, as well as Islamic, Asian, and Native American works. The museum is affiliated with The New Church and the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.


For more information on the Glencairn Museum, hours of operation and scheduling tours, visit them online at: https://glencairnmuseum.org/


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