Since it opened in 1960, Hill College House, a student residence at the University of Pennsylvania, has been praised for Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen’s revolutionary design vision for communal living, specially designed furniture and lighting, and thoughtful use of color and pattern.
Join us for a tour of Hill College House, a 2018 Grand Jury Award Winner, as we explore the internationally recognized building following its 15-month renovation.
David Hollenberg, professor and former University Architect, and Michael Mills, partner at Mills + Schnoering Architects, will explain the challenges in striking a balance between the old and the new, between the admired and the obsolete.
On the tour, we’ll discover ways in which seemingly dated buildings can be thoroughly modernized and made viable for the long term through research, consultation, and creativity. Specifically, we’ll see how Saarinen’s original design intent and material—such as an emphasis on communal space and an atrium with a variety of vistas—have been preserved while inserting modern amenities like expanded dining accommodations and full-accessibility elevators.
We’ll also learn how the lessons from the Hill College House renovation are influencing the University’s plans for future residential buildings.
Tour begins at 6:00 PM. Meet inside the main lobby entrance of Hill College House, University of Pennsylvania, 3333 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map).