Trish and Jim Gorman's Gladwyne Colony Home: An 1840s Gladwyne Colony Home Stands Anew

After nearly two centuries, the Gladwyne structure remains equally steeped in history and beauty.

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Cabinetry: Van Heyneker Cabinet & Furniture Makers, Mendenhall, (610) 388-1772,
Faux painting: Alix Jacobs Decorative Painting, Haverford, (610) 658-5996.
Interior designer: Trish Gorman, Patricia Gorman Associates, Manayunk, (215) 482-1820,

Photo by John LewisIt’s hard to recall a time when Gladwyne didn’t have its current cache. Prior to the Schuykill Expressway’s completion in the 1950s, what is now among the nation’s 10 richest zip codes was remote and largely devoid of sprawling properties and grand mansions.

Trish Gorman’s house on Rose Glen Road stands as proof. The 1840s-era stone home she shares with her husband, Jim, was once part of a village established in the mid-1830s around William Charwick’s cotton mill along Mill Creek.

In 1912, the dozen vacant Rose Glen Village’s structures captured the attention of local psychiatrist S. DeWitt Ludlum. The isolated area was the perfect location for his sanitarium, where mentally ill patients could wander freely as he evaluated them beyond the constraints of an institution’s walls.

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