University of Pennsylvania Receives Anonymous $15 Million Gift

The University of Pennsylvania has announced a $15 million gift from an anonymous donor to renovate the Arts, Research, and Culture House.

The renovations will integrate state-of-the-art technology into the building — which houses the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, three cultural resource centers, a classroom, an auditorium, and community spaces — while retaining its historic fa�ade. Highlights of the renovation plans include a new indoor caf� with a nearby lounge and gallery, an outdoor terrace, reconfigured common areas, and a high-tech auditorium with capacity for a hundred and fifty students.

"This incredibly generous gift will transform a beloved landmark for new generations of students and help to ensure that arts, culture, and undergraduate student research at Penn continue to thrive," said University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann. "The renovated ARCH building will be a campus hub, offering our students intellectual and artistic stimulation, state-of-the-art technology and spots to study, as well as opportunities to engage in diverse activities that define and distinguish the Penn experience. By providing this gift, our donor will enable us to greatly enhance the quality of the student experience."