Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn to serve as capital of Pennsylvania Colony. By the 1750s, Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America, and second in the British Empire, behind London. During the American Revolution, Philadelphia played an instrumental role as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation's capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the city served as the temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the East Coast of the United States, and the fifth-most-populous city in the United States. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural center of the Delaware Valley, home to over 6 million people. Popular nicknames for Philadelphia are Philly and The City of Brotherly Love, the latter of which comes from the literal meaning of the city's name in Greek. The city is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania, and is home to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange and several Fortune 500 companies. Philadelphia is known for its arts and culture. The cheesesteak and soft pretzel are emblematic of Philadelphia cuisine, which is shaped by the city's ethnic mix. The city has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city, and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest landscaped urban park in the world. Gentrification of Philadelphia's neighborhoods continues into the 21st century and the city has reversed its decades-long trend of population loss.
Wyndham was built as a fieldstone farmhouse in 1796 for Patience Morgan, a Quaker widow. The house subsequently served as a residence for the families of Thomas Humphrey and John Kennedy. In 1893 it was acquired by Theodore Ely who gave the house its name and added a spacious music room, as a gift to his daughter Gertrude.
Wyndham was purchased by Bryn Mawr in 1926 and its functions and appearance have changed in response to the needs of the college. The existing building was carefully restored and a new wing was added to house modern dining rooms and offices for the Alumnae Association. Its halls have been graced with visits by the actress Katherine Hepburn, Supreme Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, feminist icon Gloria Steinem.
Wyndham's public rooms are decorated with many of the furnishings collected by M. Carey Thomas for the old Deanery. With wonderful gifts from alumni, as well as the imaginative blend of period pieces that characterized the Deanery, the historically accurate interior of Wyndham offers a unique and comfortable setting for our workshop.