Headlines: Wynnewood’s Historic William Penn Inn Saved
Do you remember feeling a stiff breeze on the night of April 15 around the area of Wynnewood? It wasn’t due to a tornado watch, it was the collective sigh of relief from those preservation advocates trying to save the historic William Penn Inn on East Lancaster Avenue in Lower Merion Township.
Built in 1799 by Joseph Price, the inn was set to be demolished in favor for a denser residential development by Rayer Builders. The Main Line Times reports the unanimous vote last Thursday granted “conditional use relief and approve a preliminary plan of land development for the property.” The inn will be restored and house condominiums and three new single-family homes will be built on the site.
As part of conditional use approval, the inn’s developer, William Penn Inn Partners, will place a permanent conservation covenant on the structure. Previously listed as a Class 2 historic resource, it was subject to demolition after a maximum 90-day delay.
- ‘Gigantic collective effort’ saves Wynnewood’s historic William Penn Inn [Main Line Times]
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