Religious Organization Keeps Gladwyne Landmark, an ‘Extravaganza on a Hill’

Woodmont Mansion Gladwyne.
Image via
The Woodmont mansion is a National Historic Landmark set on 73 acres.

The International Peace Mission Movement, a religious organization associated with the late Father Divine and his ministries, sold a 133-year-old Broad Street mansion while keeping the Woodmont mansion in Gladwyne, writes Kevin Riordan for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Gladwyne property, a part of Father Divine’s significant real estate portfolio in the Philadelphia region, is described to be “a French Second Empire extravaganza on a hill” by Paul Steinke, executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.

The Woodmont mansion is a National Historic Landmark set on 73 acres. It was once used as a country home by Father Divine and his wife, Mother Divine. Today, it is open to the public during spring and summer months and serves as a house of worship for the order’s members.

The property is in an excellent state, just as was the Broad Street mansion sold in a Thursday auction.

“The very fact that 1430 N. Broad has survived is a testament to the movement’s stewardship” of its real estate, said Steinke.

Father Divine, a charismatic Black clergyman, founded an integrated movement that promoted integration in public accommodations.

Read more about Woodmont in The Philadelphia Inquirer.


Check out the Woodmont mansion.

Stay Connected, Stay Informed

Subscribe for great stories in your community!

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.