Presented by Mr. Ed Zwicker III
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Mr. Ed Zwicker III
Due to the Snow Storm, this program has been RE-SCHEDULED.
Thursday, March 26th (New Date), 2015 at 7:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem Pike & East Mill Road in Flourtown, PA
Hawkswell, also known locally as Copernicus House, was built in 1905 as a wedding gift for Mae Drexel Fell and Howard Houston Henry, from Mae's parents, Sarah Drexel Fell and Alexander Van Rensselaer. This house has been witness to many uses; from a family home, to a school for children with special needs, to an organization dedicated to promoting cultural activities in science and the arts throughout the world.
After Captain Howard Henry died in England at the end of World War One, Mae later married Gouverneur Cadwalader and they commissioned the noted Philadelphia architectural firm of Mellor, Meigs and Howe to enlarge the house for their growing family. Two generations of the Cadwalader family grew up here until it was sold in 1948 to Helen Matthews, a Baltimore, Maryland psychologist, who established a school for children with reading disabilities.
When Miss Matthews retired in 1965, she sold it to Mr. Gerald Schatz, who eventually moved the school across Camp Hill Road and renamed it Wordsworth Academy. In 1972 it was sold again to Edward Piszek, owner of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens, who used it as the headquarters of the Copernicus Society of America, which he founded that same year.
After the death of Edward and Olga Piszek, the society relocated to Ambler, Pennsylvania and the house stood vacant until the Piszek family eventually sold it to Sal Paone Builders in 2013.
Please join us on March 5th as STHS Archive Volunteer, Mr. Ed Zwicker III, presents the story of Hawkswell with photos and stories from its construction to its demise just this year. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge for admission. Reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be served.
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