Local Historical Societies to Host Presentation on Mainline Architects

     On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Radnor and Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Societies will be cosponsoring a special presentation on two Mainline architects who played intricate roles in the development of the local area. During the 1880s, architects Newton B. Culver and T. Mellon Rogers formed a partnership that would be responsible for the building of Mainline homes, public buildings and businesses. In nearby Bucks County, Culver and Rogers built the massive and extravagant Langhorne Manor Hotel, as well as the Langhorne Library. The partnership was dissolved after only a few short but very productive years. Rogers continued to work in the Philadelphia area and played a part in the restorations of Old St. David’s Church in Wayne and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon estate. Controversy still surrounds Rogers’ role in the restoration of Independence Hall at the turn of the 20th century.

     Greg Prichard, who is the Historic Preservation Planner for Lower Merion Township and a board member of both the Radnor and Tredyffrin Easttown Historical Societies, will be presenting his research on these architects and their legacies. Prichard has diligently researched Culver and Rogers, and, according to the Radnor Historical Society advertisement, he has “painstakingly compiled numerous scattered references to form a fascinating narrative.” The public is invited to this admission-free event, which will take place at the Tredyffrin Library, located at 582 Upper Gulph Road in Strafford, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20.

     Sources:, Radnor Historical Society

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