International House Philadelphia

International House

Greg Johnson

International House Philadelphia (IHP) provides a unique residential experience that supports foreign students by offering a spectrum of programs designed to help them work and interact with people from all backgrounds.

International House Philadelphia (IHP) provides a unique residential experience that supports foreign students by offering a spectrum of programs designed to help them work and interact with people from all backgrounds. IHP has long been a premier presenter of international arts and culture, celebrating diversity and exploring issues from a global perspective.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we’re on a world tour with International House.

$20,000

Price the Penn Christian Association paid in 1917 for the Potts family property at 3905 Spruce St., IHP’s first home. Although Joseph D. Potts originally bought the mansion for $100,000, his heirs were impressed by the Christian Association’s plans to turn it into a home for foreign students and sold it at a discount.

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Day, in April of 1943, that IHP became independent of the Christian Association. IHP President Reginald F. Chutter said, “It was incorporated as a separate entity affiliated with no special institution but associated with all in this area.”

150-plus

Number of cultural, educational and social programs that IHP provides to assist its residents with their adjustment to life in Philadelphia and the United States.

22,000-plus

Number of people per year who attend events at IHP’s 350-seat Ibrahim Theater.

66

Percentage of all international students studying in Philadelphia who are enrolled at either Penn or Drexel.

$8.5 million

Cost in 1970 (about $45 million today) for the construction of IHP’s current 12-story home at 3701 Chestnut St. Funding came from three main parties: $5 million from Otto Haas; $1 million from the community; and $2.5 million in the form of a loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Originally published on June 9, 2011