Malvern Patch Asks: What's The Story Behind the Barn?

The red barn—emblazoned with the question "This is women's lib?"—is hard to miss on West King Road.

Who can fill in the background about this unique landmark in East Whiteland?

The red barn with "This is what women's lib?" written in white is located on West King Road, between Malvern Borough and Immaculata University.

Pete Kennedy January 09, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Thanks for all the information, everyone! What a cool story, and a great comment thread. I had no idea it had been up for so long, and I really didn't suspect it was tongue-in-cheek. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one with an interest—in fact, a Facebook reader said it has driven her nuts for 25 years. Julie, I hope to have the chance to stop over some time and get the full story. Truth is, it's been on my to-do list for a long time (that photo is from the summer), and one of my 2012 resolutions has been to not let stories wither on the vine. I'm very happy with the way this post worked out—thanks again to everyone who contributed!
Julie Keegan Ross January 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Pete, My parents are amused by the interest the Barn. Where is it posted on Facebook? Do stop sometime and chat it up with the folks. They are just as much an institution in Malvern as the barn is. Great people, you will enjoy them I am sure!! And Bobby Dutter...Thanks!!!
Pete Kennedy January 09, 2012 at 09:04 PM
I hope to meet them soon! Regarding Bobby Dutter: Are you thanking him or saying he's another Malvern institution I should meet? Here's the FB link I referred to: http://www.facebook.com/MalvernPatch/posts/337504289602570 (Feel free to "like" Malvern Patch, if you are so inclined!)
Julie Keegan Ross January 10, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Bob is a Malvernite well worth meeting!! He is the one who sent me the link to the Patch about the Barn. Do hold true to your 2012 resolution!! You will meet some amazing people that way!! Take care.
Pete Kennedy January 10, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I'll look into this. Money is probably at least part of the cause for delay. Also, since the "fall 2011" groundbreaking prediction, Eli Kahn, the developer behind the East King St project, was awarded the bid for the West Chester courthouses (http://patch.com/A-mdGN); perhaps that has had an effect on the Malvern project.


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