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Bryn Gweled
Intentional Community
Bryn Gweled is located in Pennsylvania
Bryn Gweled
Bryn Gweled
Location in Pennsylvania
Bryn Gweled is located in the United States
Bryn Gweled
Bryn Gweled
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Bucks
Township Upper Southampton Township
Founded 1940 (1940)

Bryn Gweled is a small community in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Described as an "intentionally cooperative community", Bryn Gweled consists of 78 privately owned homes on 240 acres (0.97 km2) of collectively owned land.

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

Some of the house architecture was created by various students of the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright such as Robert Forsythe Bishop and others who went on to have distinguished further careers. The homes are located on two acre plots, nestled into fields and forests, an oasis from the surrounding Philadelphia suburban sprawl. Several of the homes feature unique architectural elements such as heated floors, exposed wooden beams, wide open interior spaces, central fireplaces typical of organic architecture and Usonian homes.

Notable people

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

Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize-winning molecular geneticist

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