Propylaeum means “before the gate.”
In this case, it’s the name of a grand home. Originally built as a private home in 1890, (begun 1890, finished in 1892 for $125,000) it housed several figures of importance before before becoming the property of May Wright Sewall, who founded The Propylaeum. The Propylaeum sought to cultivate and encourage educational and cultural opportunities among the civic-minded women of the day. It was the first civic club to be financed entirely by women stockholders.
The Propylaeum society continues enriching the lives of women today, and also serves as a private venue for events as well as offering mid-day dining in the tea room.
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