CT&C Home Architecture Woodmount

Woodmount

location

1622 Spring Mill Road
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

owners

Palace Mission Incorporated

funding

Private funding

 

project description

 

A Master Plan and preservation study for the country seat of Father Divine’s Peace Mission

In 1952 the 67 acre Woodmont Estate became the property of Palace Mission Incorporated and was consecrated and dedicated as the country seat of Father and Mother Divine. Since that time it has served as the communal home of Father and Mother Divine and a number of their followers. It is also the site of the Shrine to Life, the final resting-place of Father Divine’s earthly remains.

Woodmont was originally built for industrialist Allen Wood, to overlook the site of his steel plant across the Schuylkill River in Conshohocken. The Manor was constructed in 1892 in the French Chateau Gothic style and set at the highest elevation point in Montgomery County.

The multifaceted Master Plan developed by Campbell Thomas and Co. and their consultants addressed the need to balance the impact of increased visitation to Woodmont with the needs of the followers living there. The plans of necessity respect and enhance the sacred aspects of the Mount.

The master plan provides for enhancements to the day to day life at Woodmont, including new facilities for visitors to learn about and experience Woodmont’s spiritual, natural and architectural beauty. In addition a new library for the preservation and study of the word of Father Divine has also been planned.