The Modern Club Of Philadelphia
The Modern Club began its mission at Sweetbriar during the 1930s, the depth of the Great Depression. The Club generously accepted the responsibility from the Fairmount Park Commission following bravely in the footsteps of the Junior League.
The Modern Club saved Sweetbriar Mansion from oblivion during the stressful days of World War II. In peacetime the Club joined in the happy task of embellishing the site with historical references. Our liaison with the Philadelphia Museum of Art has enabled this process to produce an enduring artistic and historic legacy.
The Modern Club works quietly for Sweetbriar, and, in the process, creates a wholesome ambience while sponsoring thoughtful and provocative programs that encourage art, academia, science and politics.
The Modern Club Contributes To Recent Renovations
More recently, The Modern Club has contributed a significant amount of time and money to the upkeep and renovation of Sweetbriar. Also, the Club has received assistance from the Fairmount Park Commission. During the past few years these improvements have been made to Sweetbriar and the surrounding property: repairing and painting the exterior and interior walls of the Mansion; installation of new oil tank; and installation of new plumbing and drainage.
As a result of these improvements, Sweetbriar Mansion is one of the finest 18th-century houses in the Philadelphia area, and the Mansion is now open for tours to the public. The house is open to the public for tours from July through December. The Modern Club encourages you to visit and enjoy Sweetbriar.
The Modern Club Brochure 2010
The Modern Club brochure (at right) presents an overview of the unique history of the Club. The brochure gives background information and recent accomplishments of The Modern Club. Also included are scans and summaries of a few newspaper articles from 1919 through 1942.
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