Saving La Ronda

Facebook is where I first heard about the historic mansion known as La Ronda, located on Roscommon Road in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Due to its history and architectural detail, many people have been rallying for the mansion to be preserved rather than be demolished. As someone who loves historic sites, I decided to go up to Bryn Mawr and see the La Ronda mansion for myself and photograph its ornate exterior details.


The window details were really impressive as well as the chimney with a style you just don’t see everyday…or anymore for that matter.

I also love this detail on the front wall of the mansion, such as the sculpted bust of a knight in armor above a family crest shield. It’s the kind of detail that speaks of great history associated with La Ronda.

I have seen a few old photos of La Ronda’s interior posted online, and they showed how grand the mansion really was. There was a great hall, like those you would see in a high society scene from many historical period movies. If only there were scheduled tours of La Ronda to this day, but given the situation of whether or not it will be preserved, I’m not sure about the interior condition. On the Facebook group page called “Save La Ronda,” someone posted a message that the mansion was being ransacked for artifacts prior to demolition.

However, I know that those on the preservation side still hope to save the mansion from being demolished and I would love to see it saved as well. It is a wonder to me that this place, or any other historically significant site, could possibly be torn down. Any historic site in tells some part of the story of the country they are located in. For more information on the La Ronda mansion, check out the Web site.


About caroldwyer

A freelance photographer and blogger, I'm also a non-traditional graduate of Cabrini College with a B.A. in communication, minor in English and concentration in film studies. As a student, I was a staff writer, photographer and copy editor for the Loquitur. In my final semester, I assisted in promoting campus literary events for Woodcrest Literary Magazine. I love travel, historic places, nature, wildlife and the arts. I hope to be involved in some way with one of those areas throughout my media career. Currently, I'm pursuing my M.F.A. in creative writing and publishing. Read my film blog at - and my literary blog at
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One Response to Saving La Ronda

  1. Carol says:

    >Just to update – demolition has begun today on the La Ronda mansion. Sad news in the world of historic preservation.

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