Williamson College of the Trades

Williamson College of the Trades Williamson College of the Trades is a men's junior vocational college located in Middletown Township near Media, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia.

The school was founded on December 1, 1888 by successful Philadelphia merchant and philanthropist, Isaiah Vansant Williamson.HistoryConcept and planningIsaiah Vansant Williamson spent the final decade of his life creating, developing and formulating plans for a new trade school for underprivileged boys to be located in a suburb of Philadelphia.CampusIn 1889, just six days before he died, Isaiah Williamson purchased 220 acres of land to be used for the school's campus in Middletown Township, near Elwyn, Pennsylvania. Williamson personally selected the site from over 200 prospective locations. The original board of trustees, headed by chairman, John Wanamaker implemented Williamson's plans and vision for the institution following his death.Renowned Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness won the competition to design the original campus buildings. Ground was broken for the administration building in 1890 and the school opened for classes in 1891. Most of the original buildings are still functioning as they were originally purposed. Over the decades, Williamson has maintained a rustic feel to its campus by keeping the majority of its land undeveloped. Facilities on the historic campus include:

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Media, PA


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