Korman Center Expansion

Drexel University broke ground last week on an expansion of the Korman Center and renovation of the Korman Quadrangle.  The project will provide new student engagement space similar to the space next door in Gerri C. LeBow Hall, looking out on a newly renovated Korman Quadrangle designed to harmonize with Perelman Plaza, and putting the woods back into Woodland Walk:

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Drexel’s Newest Tower Crane

Towering above the construction site at 3201 Race Street is Drexel’s newest crane.  The project, a mixed-use residential and child care facility, is being developed by the Radnor Property Group in partnership with Drexel.  For the time being only the crane is visible.  By this time next year, the view from Center City will match the second image:


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In case you missed it (ICYMI): Lancaster Square

If you’ve visited Drexel’s Center City campus lately and/or are a regular reader of our blog, then you know that a large, mixed-use residential/retail development is under construction at 34th Street and Lancaster Avenue. In addition to supplying the beds necessary to meet the sophomore housing requirement, Lancaster Square will increase dining options and retail in the northwest area of campus.

Since the development’s groundbreaking, EarthCam has provided a day-by-day bird’s eye view of the construction. At the link below, you can watch the construction unfold; there is even a time lapse video option. We encourage you to check it out!


A screenshot from today looks like this:

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Have you seen…

Drexel’s University City campus has two new street furniture additions that you should be sure not to miss!

The first is a collection of University City District’s LoopedIN seating, which can be found in Drexel Park until the end of June. Grab a book, grab a friend, and take a walk to Drexel Park to enjoy the seating while it’s here!

photo 3Photo credit: Emily Mitnick

photo 4Photo credit: Emily Mitnick

You may have noticed the second addition if you’ve been spending time around 33rd and Arch Streets. Groundswell Design Group, the firm that brought Philadelphia the PHS Pop-up Garden on Broad Street last summer, created a partially shaded space with ample seating and tables next to the volleyball courts along 33rd Street. Whether you frequent the nearby food trucks and have been seeking an outdoor spot to eat or simply want to sit back and enjoy the weather, this is a fantastic new spot to do so.

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Photo credit: Emily Mitnick

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Spotlight: Ross Commons

Did you know that Ross Commons is 126 years old this year? The building, which has graced the southeast corner of 34th Street and Powelton Avenue with its presence since 1888, was originally built as a house for Max Riebenack, a Bavarian immigrant who became established in Philadelphia as a Pennsylvania Railroad tycoon. The architect, Thomas Preston Lonsdale, designed the house in a style inspired by Victorian and medieval aesthetics with turrets, bay windows and a wraparound porch, which has since been enclosed and now serves as a sunny dining area for Sabrina’s.

In 1928, the Drexel Institute of Technology purchased the building, which served as a place for female Domestic Science and Arts majors to live and learn to care for children and tend a home. Just shy of thirty years later, the building was named the Grace Godfrey Home Management House in honor of Grace Godfrey, who served as the Director of the Home Economics program.

In 2001, following a decade of closure, Drexel received a generous donation from George and Lyn Ross. Two years later, after undergoing extensive renovations, Ross Commons (named in honor of its benefactors) opened as a student center. Today, Ross Commons is also the home of Drexel Business Services, Spencer Burger, and Sabrina’s Café, a Philadelphia brunch favorite.

Take a look at the photos of Ross Commons below!


rosscommons_135e2fa7e5Source: Drexel University Archives Digital Collections http://archives.library.drexel.edu/displays/items/show/278

ross1Source: http://poweltonvillage.org/interactivemap/files/227n34th.htm

rossSource: http://drexel.edu/~/media/Images/dbs/images/ross.ashx

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