The University, under Provost Charles Janeway Stillé, flees the urban squalor of Center City and moves to then-suburban West Philadelphia. Notable buildings: College Hall and Logan Hall (which originally housed the School of Medicine), by Thomas Richards.


After Stillé steps down, following a power-struggle with the University’s trustees, Provost William Pepper 1864M unleashes a period of tremendous growth, though most of the important buildings of his era (many designed by Frank Furness) have since been torn down. Notable buildings: The Furness library, now the Fisher Fine Arts Library.


Sugar-magnate Charles Custis Harrison 1862C becomes acting provost and then provost; according to Dr. George Thomas Gr’75, lecturer in historic preservation and urban studies, Harrison wants to "make the place fun" for undergraduates. He also contributes a good deal of his own money to campus construction. Notable buildings: the Quad, by Cope & Stewardson; Houston Hall, by William C. Hays Ar1895 and Milton B. Medary Jr. Ar1894 (under the direction of Frank Miles Day Ar1883); the first stage of Franklin Field; the Law School’s Lewis building (now Silverman Hall), by Cope & Stewardson; the University Museum (founded under Pepper but built under Harrison); the Towne Building; and the Morgan Building.


President Gaylord P. Harnwell –"like Pepper, another scientist unafraid of the modern world," in the words of Thomas–takes advantage of a vast infusion of federal and state capital to launch another period of intensive construction, with mixed results. Notable buildings: the Alfred Newton Richards Medical Research Building, by Louis I. Kahn Ar’24 Hon’71; Hill House, by Eero Saarinen.


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