Hill College House Earns Local and National Awards

The $80 million LEED Gold renovation of Eero Saarinen’s Hill College House at the University of Pennsylvania has earned several prestigious awards. Floss Barber, Inc. collaborated with Penn and Mills + Schnoering Architects on interior design concepts and execution for the 15-month project.

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Docomomo-US Modernism in America Award

Hill College House received a Docomomo-US Modernism in America Award June 20, 2018 in New York. Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation, and re-use of modern buildings, structures, and landscapes built in the U.S. or its territories. Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore, and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

One of only 13 projects honored this year, Hill was described by the jury as follows:

“This project highlights the commitment to restore a beautiful but overlooked campus structure and honors the lasting values found in modern architecture. The work accomplished by the design team not only respects the original vision, but also addresses the needs of students today, improving functionality and gaining a NERD certification – Saarinen for the 21st century.”

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Read Philadelphia Magazine’s coverage of the Modernism in America Awards here.


Preservation PA: Sustainability in Historic Preservation Award

The Hill College House was selected for a Sustainability in Historic Preservation Award at the 2018 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards. The awards began in 1979 to recognize significant contributions in the field of historic preservation made by individuals and organizations. They  are presented annually by Preservation Pennsylvania. Hill College House was honored Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

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ENR MidAtlantic: Award of Merit Renovation/Restoration

ENR MidAtlantic included Hill College House among its 2018 Best Projects winners, bestowing its Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration. The award was presented at a ceremony November 7, 2018 in Baltimore, Md. All 31 winning projects were profiled in depth in the October 22 print issue of ENR MidAtlantic.

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Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia: Grand Jury Award

Hill College House has earned local recognition with a 2018 Grand Jury Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Hill was one of 21 projects honored this year. The award was presented at a ceremony in Philadelphia June 6, 2018.

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AIA New Jersey: Merit Award for Preservation

Hill College House was recognized with a 2019 AIA New Jersey Merit Award for Built Projects in the Preservation category in the annual Design Awards program. Hill was of 17 projects honored.

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