College Hall (University of Pennsylvania)


College Hall (University of Pennsylvania)
College Hall, University of Pennsylvania
College Hall (University of Pennsylvania) is located in Pennsylvania
Location: Bounded by Walnut, Spruce, 34th, and 36th Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 39°57′4.6″N 75°11′37.5″W / 39.951278°N 75.19375°W / 39.951278; -75.19375Coordinates: 39°57′4.6″N 75°11′37.5″W / 39.951278°N 75.19375°W / 39.951278; -75.19375
Area: 0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built: 1872
Architect: Thomas W. Richards
Architectural style: Victorian Gothic
Governing body: University of Pennsylvania
NRHP Reference#: 78002444[1]
Added to NRHP: February 14, 1978

College Hall is the oldest building on the West Philadelphia campus of the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to its construction, the university was located on Ninth Street in Center City, Philadelphia. The building was designed by Thomas Webb Richards and completed in 1873. The characteristic green color of the building is due to its composition of green serpentine stone.

College Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places February 14, 1978.[2] It is also a contributing property of the University of Pennsylvania Campus Historic District.

The building currently houses the undergraduate admissions office, the university president's offices, and classrooms.[3] College Hall is also home to the Philomathean Society, a student organization founded in 1813.

There is a legend that College Hall was a model for the Victorian Gothic mansion in The Addams Family cartoons, drawn by Charles Addams, who attended Penn in the 1930s.

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