Wynnewood, Pennsylvania is a suburban community located outside of Philadelphia in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, the fifth most affluent township in the country, and Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States. Wynnewood is one of the many neighborhoods on the historic Pennsylvania Main Line, and encompasses suburban residential neighborhoods as well as institutions such as Lankenau Hospital, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Palmer Theological Seminary, and Friends’ Central School. Wynnewood was named in 1691 for Dr. Thomas Wynne, William Penn’s physician and the first Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Wynnewood itself is mostly residential, with its shopping in various clusters. The largest shopping center in Wynnewood is the Wynnewood Shopping Center (housing an Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Mad Mex, and (formerly Genuardi’s) Giant, along with several eateries and smaller stores). Other shopping venues in the suburb include Wynnewood Square and The Whole Foods Shopping Center (named for a market there), both on East Lancaster Avenue. As Wynnewood is primarily a residential community, its residents visit other districts of the Main Line, such as Ardmore or Narberth, for shopping.
Along with its tree-shaded streets and mature old stone homes, Wynnewood has also been known historically for its car dealerships, which line Lancaster Avenue from South Wynnewood to Argyle Road. Gracious, old-fashioned restaurants, Stouffer’s and the Viking Inn, both on Lancaster Avenue, have disappeared and not been replaced, although less expensive fare is widely available. The town’s only movie theater, the Eric Wynnewood, became Vinny T’s in 2000, became a Buca di Beppo in late 2010, and has been unoccupied since January 2013. Bistro 30 (formerly Yeats Pub) thrives near the corner of Church and Route 30.
Wynnewood is also home to one the principal three teaching hospitals that serve Philadelphia’s Main Line. Along with the eponymous Bryn Mawr and Paoli Memorial hospitals, Lankenau Hospital, on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) in Wynnewood near the Overbrook border, has traditionally been affiliated with either Jefferson or Drexel colleges of medicine and is always (with Bryn Mawr and Paoli) on the list of the nation’s top community hospitals. Saunders House, a rehabilitation facility, can be found on Lankenau’s premises, as is a large and busy medical office building that is home to many of the private practices of the hospital’s attending physicians.