On August 16, 2018, from 6pm-730pm, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is hosting a tour of Hill College House, a student residence at the University of Pennsylvania. The building was recently renovated and received a 2018 Grand Jury Award at the 2018 Preservation Achievement Awards. INTECH Construction was the General Contractor for the renovation, and Dan Lepore & Sons Company conducted some of the restoration work.

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.

David Hollenberg, professor and former University Architect, and Michael Mills, principal of Mills + Schnoering Architects, will explain the challenges in striking a balance between the old and the new, and integrating modern amenities, such as full-accessibility elevators, in with Saarinen’s original design intent.

The tour will also discuss 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.