Hill College House Receives 2018 Modernism in America Award

Modernism in America Awards Hill College House

The University of Pennsylvania’s Hill College House has taken home another prestigious award! Docomomo US announced that the historic dormitory is among 13 winners of the 2018 Modernism in America Awards. The restoration project received the Civic/Institutional Design Award of Excellence.

Hill College House reopened in the fall of 2017, revealing extensive renovations to the 1960 dormitory. The design team provided much-needed updates throughout the six-story masonry building, all the while honoring architect Eero Saarinen’s original design intent. In addition to updating the existing lighting system to meet university standards and requirements, TLP’s design supports the daylit amenity spaces, enhances wayfinding, and illuminates the surrounding “villas.” TLP’s scope also included exterior facade and pedestrian site lighting.

The Modernism in America Awards program recognizes outstanding restoration projects that demonstrate exceptional design expertise and commitment to historic preservation. Winners are also acknowledged for their grassroots efforts and public and private partnerships.

Here are the details about the Hill College House renovation project:

Civic/Institutional Design Award of Excellence: Hill College House Renovation

Client: University of Pennsylvania

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Original Architect: Eero Saarinen and Dan Kiley (landscapes)

Restoration Team:

  • Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC (Architecture)
  • INTECH Construction, Inc. (Construction Management)
  • AHA (MEP/FP Engineering)
  • Becker & Frondorf (Estimating)
  • Edwards & Company (Envelope Consulting)
  • Floss Barber Inc. (Interior Design)
  • Keast & Hood (Structural Engineering)
  • Keystone Preservation Group (Materials Conservation)
  • The Lighting Practice (Lighting Design)
  • Metropolitan Acoustics (A/V and Acoustic Design)
  • OLIN (Landscape Design)
  • Pennoni (Civil Engineering)
  • Ricca Design Studios (Food Service Consulting)
  • Shen Milsom Wilke (Security)
  • Zipf Associates (Elevator Consulting)

Founded in 1995, Docomomo US provides leadership and knowledge regarding the preservation of modern architecture, landscape and design. The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization demonstrates the importance of modern design principles through advocacy, education and documentation.

A press release about the 2018 Modernism in America Award is published here.

Modernism in America Awards Hill College House



Photos © Aislinn Weidele / Mills + Schnoering Architects