Sergeant Hall, formerly located at 34th and Chestnut streets, was built in 1900 as an upscale apartment building named The Essex. Penn purchased the building in 1924 and opened its first dorm for women. The building was named in honor of Hannah E. Sergeant, who had strong ties to Penn.
The senior class leadership awards are among the oldest traditions at Penn. The Spoon, Bowl, Cane, and Spade awards honor men who are elected by their fellow students to recognize their outstanding service to the University community. Women have their own senior honors, including the Althea K. Hottel Award and the Gaylord P. Harnwell Award.