has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America
Built between 1892 and 1939, this district contains rare and 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.
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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