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Bryn Gweled
Intentional Community
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 variously as an "intentionally cooperative community" and "more like a commune", Bryn Gweled consists of 75 privately owned homes on 240 acres (0.97 km2) of collectively owned land.

The community was founded in 1940 by twelve mostly Quaker families from the Philadelphia area. The name of the town 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 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 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.

Notable people

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

James H. Rowe, a dog walker who found a down man in the road, effectively summoning help to save life of commune president.

Mario Capecchi, Nobel Prize-winning molecular geneticist

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