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Pencoyd Iron Works: An Iconic Lower Merion Landmark

Pencoyd Iron Works: An Iconic Lower Merion Landmark

Established on the Schuylkill River in 1852, Philadelphia’s Pencoyd Iron Works was a global leader in structural steel, engineering, design, and wrought iron for more than eight decades. Innovative American bridge designers Squire Whipple, John Murphy, C. Conrad Schneider, Paul Wolfel, and John Waddell established lifelong connections with Pencoyd. Pencoyd built the first elevated railways in New York, Chicago, and Boston. The tallest structure in New York at the time, the Manhattan Life Insurance Building, used Pencoyd’s engineering innovation to accomplish the previously unthinkable. Learn about the history of the Pencoyd and how it has been re-imagined today as a refurbished historical space. Author Kevin Righter and historian Perry Hamilton along with Penn Group’s Donna Galvin and Stephen Gibson McCloskey dive into the past and future of this iconic historical landmark.