The gift will create a sculpted, light-filled single-story addition on the north side of Williams Hall--the new addition that Perelman Project planners have referred to as the "lantern" or beacon that will change the ambiance of the area at night. It will be a semicircular pavilion, with a computer-equipped study lounge, lobby, cafe, and meeting rooms.
The Silfens "look forward to a creatively designed setting where small to large groups of students will be able to congregate and interact at any hour of the day," Mr. Silfen said.
President Judith Rodin called the Silfen Study Center both a "much- needed" space and "an exciting addition to the campus."
In the design by Philadelphia architects Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., the east steps from Williams Hall to Admissions Walk and Houston Hall will be removed and filled in with a new entry to Williams, student activities offices and meeting rooms, including a meeting room in the Silfen Center.
Mr. Silfen, a partner in the New York investment firm of Goldman Sachs, is a 1966 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, for which he currently serves as an Overseer. The gift commemorates his 30th Reunion in May. A history major in his Penn undergraduate days, he is a strong advocate of the liberal arts. Past gifts from the Silfens include a term chair in American Art History--now held by Dr. Elizabeth Johns-- and Art History Junior Travel Fellowships. Mr. Silfen has also helped underwrite The Penn History Review, published by undergraduate history majors. He has been an SAS Overseer since 1991 and served on the gifts committee for his 25th Reunion.
Mrs. Silfen is also a strong supporter of the liberal arts, now serving as a member of the History of Art Visiting Committee. Their son, Adam, is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences.
February 20, 1996
Volume 42 Number 21
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