Bell Estate

Shadyside is an abandoned Second Empire styled residence in Pennsylvania.

The three-story residence was constructed in 1865 by J.P. Crozer for his nephew. 4 The property was later owned by Samuel Bell.

In 1911, Clarence Bell was born at Shadyside. 1 3 He served as a member of the state House of Representatives from 1954 to 1959 4 and as a state senator from 1960 until his death in 2002. 5 After Bell died, his widow remained at the residence until she passed in 2004. 2

In March 2006, Shadyside was acquired by Widener University for $1.8 million. 1 The school originally desired to turn the grounds into athletic fields but later explored the possibility of creating soccer fields for the community and reusing an armoury next door for a charter school. The fields would be available to Widener and Chester Upland School District teams.

The estimated complex to build the field complex was $3 million to $5 million. 1 The U.S. Soccer Foundation committed $400,000 to help fund the construction of two fields, while the inventor of the Magic Jack, a Widener graduate, offered an unspecified gift towards the fields.

Further Reading


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  1. Stark, Kenn. “Widener, Upland discuss uses for former Bell estate.” Daily Times News, 28 Feb. 2011.
  2. “Clarence Deshong Bell.” Find A Grave. Entry.
  3. Infield, Tom. “At 82, PA.’s longest-serving senator just keeps on running.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 5 Feb. 1996, pp. B1-B4.
  4. “Clarence D. Bell (R).” Archive.
  5. Cox, Harold. “House Members “B”.” Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
  6. Brookhaven, Parkside, and Upland Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. Delaware County Planning Department, 2009, pp. 3–15. Article.


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