Woodmont

Woodmont

Gingko Lane and Spring Mill Road, Gladwyne

In 1892, Quaker architect William Lightfoot Price designed this French Gothic chateau for Alan Wood Jr., then president of the Alan Wood Steel Company in Conshohocken. Built in Gladwyne high up along the Schuylkill River on one of Lower Merion’s highest sites, Price adorned it with multiple pinnacles surrounding a tall red pyramidal roof over the central great hall, described by one writer as “the tallest peak of a small mountain range consisting of turrets, gables and tall chimneys.” The interior was as elaborate as the exterior, with a grand stone fireplace, great stair, and encircling balcony, with carved, stained oak throughout. Unbelievably, this gorgeous building fell into disrepair and disuse, and was later reclaimed by Father Divine in 1953 to become the country estate of the Peace Mission Movement, and has been restored by this church, now designated a National Historic Landmark.