Glencairn Museum, located on 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, is a New Church-affiliated museum of religious history on the National Register of Historic Places.
It houses a collection of about 8,000 mostly religious artwork from many cultures as diverse as ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and Native American. The museum displays a replica of the Biblical tabernacle.
The castle-like building was the former house of billionaire businessman Raymond Pitcairn (1885–1966) and his wife, Mildred Glenn (died 1979). It consists of more than 90 rooms on 10 floors, adjacent to Ralph Adams Cram's Gothic Revival Bryn Athyn Cathedral (1913–19) and his father's home Cairnwood. The Pitcairn fortune derived from control of Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company, of which his father John Pitcairn, Jr. (1841-1916), was director, 1896-1906. The Pitcairns were funders of the American Liberty League. The name of the museum is a combined form of Raymond's last name and Mildred's maiden name. After Mildred's death in 1979 (Raymond had previously died in 1966) the house, with its collections and Pitcairn archives was given to the Academy of the New Church.
Pitcairn, a member of the New Church himself, had no formal training in architecture and built it in the Romanesque style between 1928 and 1939. The granite and ruddy colored stone nine-story building has three main sections; a central rectangle with two large rectangular wings. It measures approximately 175 feet by 135 feet, and features a nine-story tower and carved doorways, pillars, and wall insets. The building also has elaborate interior mosaics, monel metalwork, and Early Medieval stained glass windows.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is a contributing property of the Bryn Athyn Historic District.
Photo notes: There was no sky definition on this day and I really should have thrown on a graduated neutral density filter to at least darken the sky a little instead of leaving it blow out to nothing like this but it was early on in my discovery phase with the 4x5 camera and getting the base exposure for the subject was what I was working on mastering.
Camera: Calumet CC-401 4x5 large format monorail view camera.
Lens: Rodenstock Geronar 150mm F6.3 lens in a Copal 0 shutter.
Film: Arist EDU 100 Ultra. 100 ISO Black and white film rated at 64 ISO.
Exposure: 1/4 second @ F32. Metered with a Pentax 1 degree spot meter.
Self Developed in Xtol 1+2 in Paterson Universal Tank using Taco Method. 13 minutes @ 20 degrees Celsius. Tap water stop bath. Ilford Rapid Fixer. Photo-Flo. Hung on shower curtain to dry on film clips.
Scanning: Negative scanned with Epson V600 in two scans and pieces merged back together in PhotoShop. Final image cropped to intended size in Lightroom 4.