Architectural Tours of Bryn Athyn

  • 20 May 2017
  • 2 sessions
  • 20 May 2017, 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
  • 20 May 2017, 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
  • Bryn Athyn National Historic District
  • 18


Please join APT – Delaware Valley Chapter on Saturday, May 20th for a full day of programming at Bryn Athyn National Historical District.  Please note that there will be one combined walking tour in the morning for all participants and two concurrent programs in the late morning/afternoon: Stone Carving (limited to 12 participants) and Interior tour of Glen Cairn (limited to 15 participants).

Exterior Architectural Walking Tour

9am to 10 am

This program will begin with an exterior walking tour of the Bryn Athyn Historic District in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Bryn Athyn was founded as a religious community by members of the denomination known as the New Church. The historic district encompasses the family homes of John Pitcairn and his sons Raymond and Harold, as well as the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, all of which were constructed between 1892 and 1938. Tour highlights will include Cairnwood, the beaux arts country home designed by Carrere & Hastings, as well as Glencairn, a medieval style arts and crafts castle that houses Raymond Pitcairn's extensive collection of medieval artwork. Also included on the walking tour will be the grounds of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral.

The walking tour will be led by Natalie Karas, an architectural conservator at Materials Conservation in Philadelphia and Jens Langlotz, Master Stone Carver.

Note: After the walking tour the group will separate into the stone carving participants and the interior tour participants

Interior Tour of Glencairn

11 am to 12:30 pm (limited to 30 participants)

The 90-minute tour includes a 15-minute award-winning orientation video and ride in the elevator to the Tower, with its commanding view of the local area and the Philadelphia skyline (be sure to bring your camera!). The guide will present Glencairn in the context of the history of the Bryn Athyn community, and explore the fascinating relationship between Glencairn and its neighbors, Cairnwood and Bryn Athyn Cathedral. The tour also includes a visit to the Pitcairn family's Chapel and the Master Bedroom and Bath. An introduction to the Museum's collection of religious art takes place in a variety of galleries. The tour also includes a visit to Glencairn's stunning Great Hall and Upper Hall.

Registration for the Glencairn interior tour is free for APT-DVC members and $10 for non APT-DVC Members and registration is required. Please note, Glencairn Museum is not fully handicapped accessible and the tour route includes stairs.