Bala Cynwyd Junior High School Complex

Bala Cynwyd Junior High School Complex, is a historic school complex in Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The complex includes the Bala Cynwyd Middle School, the Cynwyd Elementary School, as well as the former Lower Merion Academy. The elementary school and middle schools are part of the Lower Merion School District. The Lower Merion Academy / Lower Merion Benevolent School building was built in 1812, and is a 3 1/2-story, five bay, stuccoed stone building with cupola in the Federal style. It was renovated in 1938, in the Colonial Revival style. The Cynwyd Elementary School building was built in 1914, with a rear addition built in 1920. It is a 2 1/2-story, Classical Revival style building that features white terra cotta trim and a central entrance with Ionic order columns. The Bala Cynwyd Middle School building was built in 1938, and is a long, flat, two-story brick building in the modern style. A classroom wing was added in 1963. The buildings were renovated and some additions built in 1999.[2]

Lower Merion Academy-Cynwyd Elementary School-Bala Cynwyd Junior High School Complex
Lower Merion Academy, October 2011
Location506 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°00′48″N 75°14′34″W
Area15.9 acres (6.4 ha)
Built1812, 1914, 1938
Built byNathan Lewis, Joseph Price
Architectural styleFederal, Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
NRHP reference #02001429[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 27, 2002

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]

Next to the Lower Merion Academy building sits the school's old bell, cast in 1888 by McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, Maryland, and rededicated in 1976 according to a plaque affixed to the side.


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