Glencairn Museum

The idea of forming a museum for the Academy of the New Church came about in the first years of the school’s existence. Bishop William Henry Benade, the first chancellor of the Academy, had a profound interest in the mythology and religious practices of ancient cultures. He felt that it was important to instruct students in the history of religion and that objects from these cultures would provide an excellent source for in-depth study. While on an extended trip to Europe and the Middle East in the late 1870s, Benade and his travelling companion John Pitcairn collected many antiquities from the lands they visited, including Egypt, Syria, Greece, Cyprus and Italy. They shipped these items back to Philadelphia where they were set up in a temporary exhibit at the home of one of the Academy leaders for all to enjoy. Glencairn was the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, built in the Romanesque style between 1928 and 1939. Prior to this time Raymond Pitcairn, who had no formal training in architecture, had supervised the erection of the acclaimed Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a Gothic and Romanesque style complex. Arthur Kingsley Porter, a noted architectural historian, wrote that the Cathedral alone of modern buildings, is worthy of comparison with the best the Middle Ages produced.

Place Categories: Art MuseumPlace Tags: paintings, Photography, printmaking and sculptures

Related Listing

Place Your Review

You must be logged in to post a review.

Report this?

Claim Listing

Click to see claim process.