University of the Arts Hamilton Hall

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The University of the Arts’ Dorrance Hamilton Hall is an excellent example of major works by at least two if not three of America’s most important 19th-century architects: John Haviland, William Strickland (attributed), and Frank Furness. In addition to its architectural significance, Dorrance Hamilton Hall has, since its completion in 1826, housed historically important cultural and educational institutions. Today it is the oldest extant building on Broad Street, Philadelphia’s main north-south corridor, along which several of the city’s most important and prominent businesses and cultural institutions are located. It is also a prominent and vibrant part of Philadelphia’s first designated cultural district, The Avenue of the Arts.

ARCHITECTURAL RESEARCHERS: The University of the Arts does not have any early architectural plans or drawings of Hamilton Hall. It is widely held by architectural scholars that no early drawings exist. Please consult historical records for the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb (the organization that commissioned the original building) at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission. Many Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb annual reports can be found on the Internet, especially the Internet Archive (tip: add site:archive.org to any web search to limit results to the Internet Archive).

Early Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (PMSIA, now UArts) annual reports often mention changes and alterations to the building. Keep in mind that PMSIA did not occupy the building until 1893.

Hamilton Hall Lobby

Dorrance Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street
(corner of Broad & Pine Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19102

For receptions.

If you are interested in renting this space, please send an e-mail request to Karen Rosenberg, director of Campus Events. Be sure to include the date of your event (with additional options for dates), the start and end time of your event, the load-in and load-out times needed, the number of guests you expect, the A/V requirements, and a short description of your event.

Hamilton Hall Platforms

Address
Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The mission of the Hamilton Hall Public Art Initiative is to increase awareness and appreciation of the visual arts by providing a setting for exhibition and education. Installations are exhibited on the Hamilton Hall Platforms, a highly visible space flanking the front steps of Hamilton Hall.

Above: “Proyecto Callejero” by artist Miguel Antonio Horn.

Hamilton & Arronson Galleries, Solmssen Court

Address
Hamilton Hall
320 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-717-6001

Gallery Hours
Weekdays: 10 – 5 p.m.

Exhibits held in Hamilton Hall are displayed in the main lobby, in Arronson Gallery (pictured above) and in Solmssen Court.

Arronson, located in the front area of Hamilton, offers easy access for the University community and the public, and high visbility for student artists.

One of Philadelphia’s hidden treasures, Solmssen Court is a large, skylit Great Hall used for exhibits, open houses, career fairs and private parties.