Shadyside

Residential / Pennsylvania

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.


Sources

  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.