The renovation of the Arts, Research and Culture House (ARCH) was launched by an anonymous $15 million gift.
Built in 1928, the building is listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
The ARCH is home to three key cultural centers: La Casa Latina, MAKUU: The Black Cultural Center and the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH), as well as CURF, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.
A great triumph of Penn’s Making History campaign was the renovation of the ARCH – the Arts, Research and Culture House - launched by an anonymous $15 million gift. The vision for this historic building at the heart of campus was a state-of-the-art facility that could serve as a hub for student life while celebrating the unique strengths of the Penn experience- cultural diversity, the arts, and unparalleled research opportunities for undergraduate students.
So, has the new ARCH lived up to expectation? The lines stretching around the wildly successful Mexican café Tortas Frontera say “YES.”
“We have exceeded our goals,” says William Gipson, Associate Vice Provost for Equity and Access. “What we wanted was space where students felt supported and affirmed, and was an interesting and exciting place to be that had the latest modern technology.”
Every day at this crossroads, students gather to study, dine, enjoy art exhibitions, and stage or attend performances. They visit Penn’s cultural centers – La Casa Latina, MAKUU: The Black Cultural Center or the Pan-Asian American Community House. They connect their passions with opportunities for further research at CURF, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. Or they simply enjoy one another’s company.
The renovated space also includes new meeting rooms, high-tech classrooms, a dance studio, as well as inviting lounges and comfortable study spaces. The beautifully restored auditorium serves as a performance venue, dynamic classroom and banquet hall.
Check out the video to see how the goal to create a new focal point for student life that supports the diverse intellectual, social and cultural experience at Penn has been achieved at ARCH.
For information about naming opportunities, please contact Paula Clark at (215) 898-6165.