Study Spots: The ARCH


Sunday, March 17, 2019

The ARCH building intersects Arts, Research and Culture:

  • The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF)
  • Ben Franklin Scholars
  • University Scholars
  • Makuu
  • La Casa Latina
  • The Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH)
  • Student Performing Arts

It is designed to be a safe, supportive, inclusive and critically generative space where students can assert their agency, activism and ingenuity with confidence.

“One of the most engaging features of the building is the large amount of carved stone ornamental detail on the exterior.  There are three cross‑gables on the main (east) elevation.  The middle gable is placed adjacent to the southern end gable and is set back, forming a picturesque mass crowned by an elaborate double serpentine chimney.  A one- story entrance portico with Gothic details stands out from the middle gable, and is set below a two story mullioned window.  The south facade is marked by symmetrically placed polygonal bays with ornate stonework panels, battlements, and windows topped by trefoils” (Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services).

Address: 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia PA, 19104

Demographic: Undergraduate and graduate students

Noise Level: Bustling with activities

Traffic: Moderate to high

Perks: Gothic Revival Architecture, Performance Arts, Culture Houses, Nourishment, Meeting Rooms Available for Reservation

Accessible from Locust Walk near 36th Street:

Auditorium and meeting rooms that can be reserved:

There are student lounges throughout:

Culture Houses offer their own student lounges:

  • Makuu
  • La Casa Latina
  • PAACH

Tortas Frontera Mexican Dining:

If your academic endeavors invoke the intersection of culture, arts and research, consider making The ARCH a motivating, inspirational and interactional Study Spot!

By Staff Writer: Min Derry, Learning Fellow