The Main Line is Filled with Hidden Architectural Gems, Many in Montgomery County

Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing
Image via Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing.

The Main Line region is filled with hidden architectural gems with a rich history that were successfully preserved by being repurposed for modern-day use, including several in Montgomery County, writes Paul Jablow for the Main Line Today.

Pennsylvania Railroad Train
Pennsylvania Limited Train. Image via Wikipedia.

The Arbors at Athens in Ardmore once served as a church, and has since been carved into four condos and a single home by developer D. Scott Brehman.

Bryn Mawr Hospital Thrift Shop was originally a passenger station, ticket office, and telegraph office built by Pennsylvania Railroad around 1860.

main line gems
Image via Pullman Restaurant & Bar.

Meanwhile, Tired Hands Fermentaria Tap Room in Ardmore was constructed in 1940 as a bus garage.

Also originally a garage, La Colombe Coffee Roasters and Hope’s Country Fresh Cookies/Snap Pizza has been remodeled by developer Paul Aschkenasy to be the focal point of Bryn Mawr Village Shopping Center.

The Pullman Restaurant & Bar in Bryn Mawr is a former Pennsylvania Railroad baggage and freight building, while an 1886 mini-mansion in Bala Cynwyd has become French International School.

Finally, the vast old Pencoyd Ironworks site in Bala Cynwyd has been transformed into Ironworks at Pencoyd Landing, containing a hotel and several popular restaurants.

Read more about Main Line’s hidden architectural gems in the Main Line Today.


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