Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Behind the Doors of Glencairn

On Sunday I posted about Intriquing Entrances of Glencairn.
Today, you get a little peek inside those doors.

Stained Glass Window 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

These beautiful stained glass pieces are
inside what was once the home of
Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn and their children.
They lived in Glencairn between 1939 - 1979.

Stained Glass Window Set 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

It took nine years to build Glencairn.
And when you see the decorative details
you understand why it took so long.

Peacock Wall Tile Mosaic 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

From stained glass work,
to tile mosaics and hand carved wood decor,
there was not a detail overlooked.

Hand carved Woodwork 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA

This nine story home was also
designed to showcase the
Pitcairn's collections of Medieval antiquities.

 Statue in the Pitcairn Home Library 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

The Pitcairn patriarch, Raymond's father John Pitcairn,
immigrated from Scotland as a child
and made his fortune in the United States
in the railroad, oil and gas industries.
He went on to found
PPG Industries, a chemical company.
(He only had an elementary school education!)  

Tile Mosaic Ceiling Depicting the Beast of the Apocolypse 
Pitcairn Family Private Chapel 
Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

From Scotland
John also brought to the United States
the Swedenborg religion.
When finally settling in Bryn Athyn, PA
there arose a Swedenbogen religious community
around the Pitcairn family.

The Bryn Athyn Cathedral  
Worship center for the Swendenborgen New Church 
Bryn Athyn, PA 

John Pitcairn was a major benefactor
in the construction of the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
between 1913 - 1919.
His son, Raymond, assumed supervision
of the cathedral's construction and subsequent additions.

Hand Carved Bed of Teak Wood 
Master Bedroom, Glencairn, Bryn Athyn, PA 

Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn
donated their home to the
Academy of the New Church
and today it serves as a museum.
Gosh, I know our society loves to hate on rich folks,
but isn't this the ideal?
From undereducated immigrant
to highly successful businessman and community leader.
The hard work of one benefits many
through jobs, community organizations, and philanthropy.


Party of 5 said...

Wow, pretty, I love the bed & the peacock mosaic. Very interesting shots.

Tamar SB said...

These are amazingly stunning!

Debbie said...

what an elalorate home and life style, i'm sure. it is beautiful, really beautiful but i like a homey, home!!

i did love the peacock!!

Kmcblackburn said...

I love this whole area, and the history behind it. My daughter is getting married next door at Cairnwood in July. The Art History major in her kinda won her over.

Mersad said...

Thanks for taking us along on a trip with you. That wide shot of the church is fantastic as are the various close-ups.

Mersad Donko Photography

Anonymous said...

How utterly gorgeous1

Sarah Huizenga said...

Nine stories. You wonder what they did with all that space. The same thing I think when I watch Downton Abbey. Such gorgeous detail in the place though, and how wonderful that they gave it away to be viewed by many.

MadSnapper said...

i like that peacock mosaic... and the stained glass... i can't imagine why one family would need 9 stories on a house.

carol l mckenna said...

Magnificent ~ such divine photos ~ that peacock mosaic is amazing ~ thanks,

carol and artmusedog

Laura said...

It has been many years since I visited Bryn Athyn. Your photos are beautiful!

Wayne said...

I haven't visited since my college days, I love the tile work.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice, I loved the stained glass

Indrani said...

Grand interiors. You got good captures in such low light.

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like an exceptional person with extremely good taste ans a warm heart. Not many rich people like him now...or ever, for that matter.