• Photo of Sansom Place East

  • rendering of proposed renovations to Sansom Place East

Sansom Place East and West are two apartment-style high rises that are the center of Penn's graduate resident community. Penn had recently begun a tradition of hiring modern architects for campus projects when Richard and Dion Neutra, among the Europeans who brought international modernism to the United States in the 1920s, were hired for this project. Sansom Place East and West are constructed of rugged materials and stand in contrast to their surroundings in their height.


The proposed $94.5M redevelopment of Sansom Place East, in order to develop more affordable housing for Penn graduate students, will maintain the exterior facade of the current towers, replace windows, and fully renovate the interior. The interior renovations will include the addition of a fitness center, small group study classrooms, and multipurpose areas, and will also enhance and refresh the existing plaza. When completed, the approximately 470 unit project will be comprised of 355 studios and 118 two-bedroom units of moderately priced graduate student housing (590 beds total) and accompanying are amenities.

Currently in the planning phase, the redevelopment is scheduled to begin in January 2022, with an anticipated completion date of June 2023. 

Sansom Place East Location

3600 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104

Sansom Place East

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Richard & Dion Neutra & Assoc.
Other Name:
SANE, Sansom East, Nichols House, Grad East, Grad Tower, Graduate Tower A
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Area Manager:
Mike Doherty
Building Manager:
Mark Cordova