Bryn Gweled, Pennsylvania

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Bryn Gweled is a small community in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Described variously as an "intentionally cooperative community"[1] and "more like a commune",[2] Bryn Gweled consists of 75 privately owned homes on 240 acres (0.97 km2) of collectively owned land.[3][4]

The community was founded in 1940 by twelve mostly Quaker families from the Philadelphia area.[1] The name of the town means "Hill of Vision" in Welsh.[2] The community maintains its founders' vision of collective responsibility, consensus-style management, and racial diversity,[3] and has been cited as an example of community-based decision-making in action.[5]

Some of house architecture was created by various students of the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright [4] such as Robert Forsythe Bishop and others who went on to have distinguished further careers.[citation needed] The homes are located near fields and forests overlooking hills and creeks of the surrounding countryside and are each on lots greater than 2 acres (8,100 m2). Several of the homes feature various unique architectural elements such as heated floors, exposed wooden beams, wide open interior spaces, central fireplaces typical of organic architecture and Usonian homes.[citation needed]

Notable people[edit]

Margaret H. Lippert, an award-winning author of books and anthologies

Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize-winning molecular geneticist[6]


  1. ^ a b Bryn Gweled website, history section
  2. ^ a b McCullough, Marie (2007-10-09). "Ties to the Prize". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 2008-01-27. Retrieved 2007-10-09.
  3. ^ a b Bryn Gweled website
  4. ^ a b "At Bryn Gweled Homesteads, intentionally making a community for 75 years". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  5. ^ Christakis & Bausch, How People Harness Their Collective Wisdom And Power to Construct the Future, Information Age Publishing Inc., 2006, p. 125
  6. ^ American Philosophical Society. "Edward G. Ramberg Papers". American Philosophical Society.

Coordinates: 40°09′57″N 75°00′53″W / 40.16588°N 75.01464°W / 40.16588; -75.01464