he village of Wayne was a late Nineteenth Century favorite summer countryside resort for the wealthy who wanted to get away from the city. J. Henry Askin built Louella House, named for his two daughters Louise and Ella, The mansion was completed in 1866.
In 1906, The Waynewood Hotel (now the Wayne Hotel) was commissioned by Mr. Charles Wood. The brick and half-timbered building was a wonderful example of the Tudor Revival style of architecture.
Wayne Presbyterian Church, the oldest church in Wayne, was completed in 1870. The original building, with its 108 foot steeple was an impressive sight to behold on the landscape at that time. Today, Wayne Presbyterian has grown to nearly 20 times its original size.
Noted local theatre designer William Howard Lee, was the architect of The Anthony Wayne Theatre built in either 1928 or 1929. A unique art Deco design, the theatre was the only theatre on the Main Line equipped with sound.
Considered one of the best places in the western suburbs of Philadelphia to live and raise a family, Wayne has a quaint business community, a school system which has been recognized as one of the best in the country.
Chanticleer Garden, "the greatest of the great gardens" is a 35 acre botanical garden in Wayne; Origainally a Country Estate home of Mr and Mrs Adolph Rosengarten it was gifted to Wayne by their son and opened to the public in 1993.
Wayne Area Links
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