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.
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.
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.”
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.
Number of people per year who attend events at IHP’s 350-seat Ibrahim Theater.
Percentage of all international students studying in Philadelphia who are enrolled at either Penn or Drexel.
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