Saunders House in its 150th Year

Founders Day Cake

Wynnewood, PA—Saunders House, located at 100 Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood PA, was originally chartered on April 20, 1864 in Philadelphia under the name, “The Old Man’s Home of Philadelphia.”  Located across from Presbyterian Hospital at 39th and Powelton Avenue, the Home was the first of its kind in the city.  At that time, other homes existed for the care of women and children but no facility existed for the care of men.  A few concerned and generous ladies from the city banded together in 1860 to begin the formation of a home for “older men with reduced circumstances.”  The home was finally chartered and occupied in 1864, following the Civil War.

In 1960, the name of the organization was changed to Saunders House when it was decided to admit women to the facility.  In 1973 after the old building was determined to be no longer suitable for the home, the organization relocated to Wynnewood, PA on the campus of Lankenau Hospital, thanks largely to the generosity of Ethel Pew and Mabel Pew Myrin.  That is where Saunders House is located today.

Now, in its 150th year since the founding of the Old Man’s Home, Saunders House is enjoying a year-long celebration of its history.  

Founders Day Cake

A birthday cake with the Saunders House logo, created for the birthday celebration on Founders Day.

Display of Memorabilia

Replicas of early documents of the original Old Man’s Home of Philadelphia, on display at Saunders House

The Old Man's Home of Philadelphia

The Old Man’s Home of Philadelphia

Shirley Green, Sarah DePre (student intern), and Dawn Beverly

Staff members Shirley Green, Sarah DePre (student intern), and Dawn Beverly, holding several of the replicas that were made for display for residents and staff to enjoy.  The replicas depict a Memorandum documenting the laying of the cornerstone in 1873 in the 39th Street home, a sketch of the actual 39th Street home, and the title page from the original minute book (dating back to 1860)

Anniversary activities will be held at Saunders House throughout the year to highlight the theme “Celebrating 150 Years of Aging with Grace.”

The public is welcome to stop by Saunders House at any time to visit the facility and learn more about its history.


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