Updated: March 26, 2014. Take a look at the Drexel Smart House today, a year after the previous photos were taken:
Photo credit: Emily Mitnick
Updated: March 28, 2013. The Smart House’s facade is shaping up beautifully. New windows have been installed throughout the house, and bright white woodwork emphasizes the prominence of the bay windows.
Updated: July 16, 2012. Work is in progress:
The Smart House is on the road to recovery.
Updated: September 1, 2011. Heavy rains over a number of months, culminating with accumulations from Hurricane Irene, have caused significant buckling of the masonry on the west wall of the structure intended to house the Smart House:
Original Post: April 20, 2011. The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further four goals: optimize the use of real estate resources, create a unique identity for the campus, connect Drexel to the communities around the campus, and achieve these goals sustainably. A series of posts will introduce those sites and describe some of their properties.
The Smart House is a large residence at 3520 Race Street in Powelton Village. The Smart House is more than a house: it is a comprehensive experiential learning, research, and technology transfer program founded and led by Drexel students with support from faculty and administration. Smart House is a recognized student organization with plans for implementing a living/learning environment on Race Street.
The house is currently vacant and in need of extensive renovation. Plans call for constructing an addition, which will function as a learning laboratory. The residence will be renovated, providing housing managed as part of the University’s residential housing system, but reserved for participants in the Smart House program. Learn more about the Smart House by visiting their web site at http://www.drexelsmarthouse.com/.