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Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is a suburban unincorporated community, west of Philadelphia, that straddles Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County and Haverford Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. It was named in 1691 for Dr. Thomas Wynne, William Penn's physician and the first Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Lower Merion Township is the fifth-most-affluent township in the United States. Wynnewood is one of many neighborhoods on the historic Pennsylvania Main Line, and is the home of institutions such as Lankenau Hospital, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Friends' Central School.
Wynnewood is neither an incorporated area nor a census-designated place; all data is for its ZIP code 19096. As of 2010 Census, there were 13,572 people and 5,436 households residing in the community. In 2000, the population density was 3,882 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the community was 92.9% White, 3.2% Asian, 2.5% African American, 0.40% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. 1.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The median income for a household in the community was $86,861, and the median income for a family was $111,683. The per capita income for the community was $51,543. About 0.9% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.7% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.
Residents of Wynnewood cooperate with those of adjacent Ardmore in many ways, one of which is the ArdWood Civic Association. South Ardmore Park is partly in Wynnewood, and partly in Ardmore. This park is the site of a free or low-cost summer camp, sporting activities, walking paths, and a verdant setting.
Wynnewood itself is mostly residential, with its shopping in various clusters. The largest shopping center in Wynnewood is the Wynnewood Shopping Center (housing an Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Mad Mex, and (formerly Genuardi's) Giant, along with several eateries and smaller stores). Other shopping venues in the suburb include Wynnewood Square and The Whole Foods Shopping Center (named for a market there), both on East Lancaster Avenue. As Wynnewood is primarily a residential community, its residents visit other districts of the Main Line, such as Ardmore or Narberth, for shopping.
Along with its tree-shaded streets and mature old stone homes, Wynnewood has also been known historically for its car dealerships, which line Lancaster Avenue from South Wynnewood to Argyle Road. Gracious, old-fashioned restaurants, Stouffer's and the Viking Inn, both on Lancaster Avenue, have disappeared and not been replaced, although less expensive fare is widely available. The town's only movie theater, the Eric Wynnewood, became Vinny T's in 2000, became a Buca di Beppo in late 2010, and has been unoccupied since January 2013. Bistro 30 (formerly Yeats Pub) thrives near the corner of Church and Route 30.
Opposite the Wynnewood Shopping Center is the Wynnewood Train Station. These railroad tracks run through the Main Line, the collective western suburbs of Philadelphia where the railroad westward was originally established. Towns on the lower Main Line adjacent to Wynnewood include Overbrook, Merion, Wynnewood, Narberth, Ardmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr. The SEPTA Route 105 bus runs along the length of Lancaster Avenue on the Main Line, and the SEPTA Route 44 bus supplements the trains for service between nearby Narberth and Center City Philadelphia. South Wynnewood is served by the SEPTA Route 100 Trolley that connects the southern Main Line suburbs with Norristown to the north and west and SEPTA's 69th Street/Market-Frankford (Blue Line) rapid transit train service into Center City and beyond into Frankford north of Center City along the Delaware River.
Wynnewood is served by Route 1, City Avenue, traveling north and south, and is also easily accessible to Routes 76, the Schuylkill Expressway east and west, and 476, the Philadelphia bypass nicknamed the "Blue Route", traveling south and north between Chester and Interstate 95 in the south and Plymouth Meeting, Germantown, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike traveling east and west.
Wynnewood is also home to one the principal three teaching hospitals that serve Philadelphia's Main Line. Along with the eponymous Bryn Mawr and Paoli Memorial hospitals, Lankenau Hospital, on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) in Wynnewood near the Overbrook border, has traditionally been affiliated with either Jefferson or Drexel colleges of medicine and is always (with Bryn Mawr and Paoli) on the list of the nation's top community hospitals. Saunders House, a rehabilitation facility, can be found on Lankenau's premises, as is a large and busy medical office building that is home to many of the private practices of the hospital's attending physicians.
Schools and colleges
Much of Wynnewood's public school children attend the Merion, Penn Wynne or Penn Valley elementary schools, part of Lower Merion School District headquartered in nearby Admore; Bala Cynwyd Middle School; and have a choice between Lower Merion High School and Harriton High School. Other schools, private and parochial, abound in this old and affluent residential district, including all-boys The Haverford School, all-girls Baldwin and Agnes Irwin schools, coeducational Friends Central School—actually within the Wynnewood postal district—and private, Catholic, Waldron Mercy and Merion Mercy academies in nearby Merion. Saint Margaret's Elementary School in nearby Narberth also serves Wynnewood's Catholic elementary school community. There are other private schools such as Episcopal Academy (Merion), as well as Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (Bryn Mawr) and the Solomon Schechter School (Wynnewood), which are both Jewish-affiliated schools. Finally, there is a French International School which has two locations—the lower school near the Bala Cynwyd Library and the upper school on City Avenue, still in Bala Cynwyd.
Saint Joseph's University is close by with parts of its campus in Merion, Bala Cynwyd and West Philadelphia; Villanova University, straddling Lancaster Avenue, and Rosemont College, on Montgomery, are also nearby, as are Cabrini College and Eastern University, both in nearby Saint David's. Haverford College is a non-denominational college on Montgomery Avenue in Haverford. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is also located close by; specifically, it is across the street from parts of Saint Joseph's University's campus.
The Japanese Language School of Philadelphia (JLSP, フィラデルフィア日本語補習授業校 Firaderufia Nihongo Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a supplementary Japanese school, holds its classes at the Friends Central School (FCS) in Wynnewood and in Lower Merion Township.
The area is covered by the print and online publication, The Main Line Times, as well as online by the Ardmore-Merion-Wynnewood Patch, a Patch Media site.
Other facts and features
The well-regarded 1960 dramatic film, "David and Lisa," is said to have been filmed in part at and around the Wynnewood train station.
Also located in the community is Shortridge Memorial Park, a small park in a creek valley with stone bridges under which Indian Creek flows. Recently, the Indian Creek district has been ecologically revitalized and restored. Wynnewood residents are also active in the Wynnewood Civic Association and the Shortridge Association of Wynnewood.
Notable natives and residents
- Billionaire Walter H. Annenberg, media mogul, philanthropist, arts patron, and United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James's (United Kingdom) died at his home in Wynnewood in 2002; his wife Leonore Annenberg continued to maintain a residence in Wynnewood until her death in 2009.
- Dr. Fordham G. Anton, the first person to identify the Herpes Simplex II virus
- Aaron Beck, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and father of cognitive therapy, is a resident of Wynnewood.
- Anthony Bevilacqua, former cardinal of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, resided in Wynnewood until his 2012 death.
- Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers lived in Wynnewood while attending Lower Merion High School, located in nearby Ardmore, Pennsylvania.
- Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington was born in Wynnewood.
- Musician Joan Jett was born here on September 22, 1958.
- Hilary Koprowski, the virologist responsible for the first oral poliomyelitis vaccine, has resided in Wynnewood since 1957.
- Musician Patti Labelle resides in Wynnewood, PA.
- John Lucas III of the Toronto Raptors lived in Wynnewood while in highschool.
- Billionaire Jeffrey Lurie owner of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team, purchased Inwood, the 13-acre (5.3 ha) Annenberg Estate.
- Thomas May Peirce, founder of Peirce College
- Henry Scattergood lived in Wynnewood until his death in 2008.
- Alex Scott, founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand, a non-profit raising money for pediatric cancer research.
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- Jones, Richard. Lower Merion: The First Three Hundred Years. Ardmore: The Lower Merion Historical Society, 2001.
- "American FactFinder". Census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 May 2013.
- Thomas Jefferson University website
- Drexel College of Medicine website
- Lower Merion School District website
- Saint Joseph University website
- Villanova University website
- Rosemont College website
- Eastern University website
- "Directions." Japanese Language School of Philadelphia. Retrieved on March 30, 2014. "The Japanese Language School of Philadelphia utilizes the campus of: Friends Central School 1101 City Avenue, Wynnewood, PA"
- "Community Profile." Lower Merion Township. Retrieved on April 30, 2014. (contains maps of Lower Merion).