• The ARCH street view looking up



  • The ARCH Exterior



  • The ARCH another exterior



  • The ARCH front door



  • Students at The ARCH



  • The ARCH Interior



  • The ARCH Interior



  • The ARCH Conference Room



  • The ARCH interior



  • The ARCH Stairwell



  • The ARCH stage



  • The ARCH Stage



  • The ARCH interior



The building was originally built to house the Christian Association. This building now houses The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), Ben Franklin Scholars, University Scholars, Makuu, La Casa Latina, The Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH) and Student Performing Arts.

One of the most engaging features of the building is the large amount of carved stone ornamental detail on the exterior.  There are three cross‑gables on the main (east) elevation.  The middle gable is placed adjacent to the southern end gable and is set back, forming a picturesque mass crowned by an elaborate double serpentine chimney.  A one- story entrance portico with Gothic details stands out from the middle gable, and is set below a two story mullioned window.  The south facade is marked by symmetrically placed polygonal bays with ornate stonework panels, battlements, and windows topped by trefoils.


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Planning Strategy: 
The location of the ARCH is at an important crossroads of the campus, the intersection of Locust Walk and 36 th Streets. Constructed in 1927-29 of the late-Gothic Revival period, it has richly detailed facade and interior. The building previously housed three cultural centers, administrative offices, classroom, performance, and meeting space. The restored ARCH serves as another focal point for student activities.
Program: 
The design team selected was responsible for assessing the programmatic needs in relationship to the space, as well as conducting a feasibility study for the renovation of the interior and exterior of the ARCH building. The feasibility study included analysis of the auditorium, basement, Crest Room, third floor meeting spaces, electrical and mechanical systems, facade repairs, and life safety system upgrades.

ARCH, The Location

Address
3601 Locust Walk
Philadelphia PA, 19104

ARCH, The

Building Code:
75
Gross Area (sq. ft.):
34,260
Phase:
Completed
Total Project Cost:
$2,450,000
Year Built:
1928
Floors:
0
Architect:
Thomas, Martin, and Kirkpatrick
Other Name:
The Arts, Research and Culture House
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Area Manager:
Agnes Donaldson
saysaw@upenn.edu
215-898-8644
Building Manager:
Laurie Hall
laurieh@upenn.edu