Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Lady Garden and Yellin Gate

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Institution Name: Gwynedd-Mercy College
Original/Historic Place Name: Italian walled garden (the Trewern)
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1907original construction of garden Paul, Oglesby
1923original construction of Yellin gate Yellin, Samuel
Designer: Paul Oglesby; Samuel Yellin
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1907-present (2006)outdoor space

The Italian walled garden was designed for the Bond family by Oglesby Paul in 1907. The Garden was designed in cruciform style and included a fountain.

The Taylor family added the Yellin gate in approximately 1923. It was designed by Samuel Yellin, noted Philadelphia iron worker. In 1995, the college began a campaign to restore the garden.


American Art Annual 12 (1915).

Andrews, Jack. Samuel Yellin, Metal Worker. Ocean Pines, MD: Skip Jack Press, 2000.

Bush-Brown, Louise. Portraits of Philadelphia Gardens. Philadelphia, PA: Dorrance and Co., 1929.

Samuel Yellin Metal Worker: Three Generations. Exhibition catalog. Southern Highland Craft Guild, 1998, 15.


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