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Behind the Lens: Raymond Pitcairn and Photography

Tuesday through Friday with 2:30 PM tour or by appointment
Weekends 1:00 – 4:30 PM

Included with guided tour admission; weekend self-guided viewing donations welcome.

Raymond Pitcairn (1885-1966) is remembered primarily for his two remarkable architectural achievements: Bryn Athyn Cathedral, and Glencairn, the Bryn Athyn home he built for his family and art collections. It is less well known that Pitcairn had a lifelong interest in photography, becoming a serious amateur photographer in his early 20s. It was this hobby that led to his first architectural project—designing a photography studio across the street from Cairnwood, his childhood home. The studio, which still stands, included a darkroom and a large room with skylights for posing his subjects.

Glencairn Museum maintains a large archive of photographic prints and negatives—including thousands of glass negatives—documenting the Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn family, the construction of Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Glencairn, Glen Tonche (the family’s summer home in the Catskills), and many other subjects. All of the photographs in this exhibition are drawn from this remarkable collection.

Image: portrait of Mildred Glenn Pitcairn, c. 1910. © Glencairn Museum

Earlier Event: November 29
Follow the Star: World Nativities
Later Event: April 27
American Glass Now: 2014