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Answer: Wayne History, in Mural Form

Guess what two historic buildings are depicted in this panel of the mural (and read the answer to see if you are right).


Many aspects of the old Radnor High School / Radnor Middle School on South Wayne Avenue remain in the memories of those who attended school there.

Among the most memorable decorative elements of the school were the murals in the auditorium, painted by class of 1951 seniors Nancy Carpenter and Cynthia Satow. The murals were created with the goal of educating about Wayne's history.

Can you guess what two historic buildings are depicted in this panel of the mural?

Answer: On the left is the original 1889 public school, the first in downtown Wayne and the first building on the site of the old Middle School. The school (also seen here) is believed to have been designed by Thomas Mellon Rogers, with an addition designed by David Knickerbacker Boyd.

On the right is the Bellevue Hotel, easily the largest building in Wayne for 20 years. Built around 1880, when Wayne was first beginning life as a summer resort, it was the town's showpiece until it was destroyed by fire in 1900. On the site of the hotel is the largest building of today's Wayne, the AT&T tower.

- Greg Prichard, Radnor Historical Society

Mark January 02, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I think one is the Louella Court hotel....
Catherine January 02, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Wow -- beautiful, detailed work by then 18 year old young women...
Sam Strike (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Close, Mark. It is a hotel, but not that one. Read the answer above.
Mark January 03, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Didn't know there was another hotel! 'Learn something every day'... thanks
Radnor Historical Society January 03, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Mark, There is a photo of the Bellevue here: http://radnor.patch.com/articles/lost-wayne-building-the-bellevue-hotel
Mark January 03, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Thanks. Now that I see the picture I do remember your earlier column. I do have a question: was the mural painted by the 18-year-old students as seniors or did they do it later? Either way, it's a wonderful piece of local history and one I remember from my time in the '60s as a student at the junior high school.
Radnor Historical Society January 03, 2013 at 09:03 PM
The murals were painted while the students attended the high school. They replaced murals painted by another senior (just one of them!) installed in 1939. Likely intended to be a rotating canvas, the 1951 murals stayed in place for 56 years!


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