View from the Roof, ca. 1930

One of the most popular photographs posted to "From the Archives" was this view of North Wayne Avenue as seen from the roof of the then two-year-old Anthony Wayne Theatre in 1930. The photographer, supposedly a projectionist at the movie house, took a second photo that day, this one looking south.

In the foreground at the right is the back of the theater's facade "shell," and on the left is the top story of the store building that once stood on the corner of Lancaster and Wayne Avenues, currently the location of Wayne Jewelers. Visible in the distance is the only known depiction of the construction of the "new" Wayne Title & Trust Company building at the southwest corner of the intersection. The imposing limestone building we all recognize today was nothing more than a few steel beams when this picture was snapped.

- Greg Prichard, Radnor Historical Society

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Edward N Flail, Jr January 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM
That is an interesting picture. It has to be South Wayne Avenue. My grandfather, Warren J. Flail, built the Wayne Title and Trust Company building beginning in 1930 and ending in 1932. There is a 1930 date stone on the corner. He would drive all the way from his house or office, both in Drexel Hill, to do his and his company's banking during the Great Depression out of loyalty because Wayne Title and Trust gave him that job and the president, I believe he was named Harold Hall, was a friend of his. My father, who became a prominent Main Line builder worked on the building in the summers it was under construction. Harold D. Greenwell was the first upper level tenant, and his firm remained there for 65 years, until Steve Bajus bought it and renovated the inside for a tenant who occupied the entire building. Steve told me he didn't have to do a thing to the structure or the exterior.
Phil Graham January 29, 2014 at 07:27 AM
And Harold D Greenwell was the solicitor who jointly incorporated the Radnor Historical Society in 1948. Greenwell Lane was named after him from a time when he owned the vast tract of land between Lesley Road and Harrison Road.


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