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Penn's Campus Growth, 1870-2015

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Expansion of Penn real estate holdings 1870 to 2015:

Campus real estate in 2015The base map (which includes roads, highways, and railroads) is from 2015.  The historical layers are added on top of this. Penn-owned property is shaded pink.

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Expansion of Penn real estate holdings 1870 to 2015, including footprints of new building construction:

Campus real estate and buildings in 2015The base map (which includes roads, highways, and railroads) is from 2015.  The historical layers are added on top of this. Penn-owned property is shaded pink.

The buildings shown are only those that are still standing in 2015.  This map does not include historical structures that have been demolished.

To view the PDF click here or on the map to the right. The map will open in its own window.

Use the down key to advance a year and the up key to go back a year. Close the window to exit.

 

Sources:

Land Purchases

Deed records at the Department of Records, City of Philadelphia and the original deed records in the University Real Estate Title Papers collection of the University Archives and Records Center.  For information on sources for individual properties consult Mapping Penn.

Parcels

Modified and corrected GIS shapefile from Philadelphia Parcels, 2007, Philadelphia Department of Records, and a Historical Parcels shapefile, 2001, developed by the University Archives from deed records and deed registry plans.

Building Footprints

Modified and updated 2004 campus survey CAD data from the University of Pennsylvania Department of Facilities and Real Estate Services and the University of Pennsylvania Health System Office of Health System Architect.

Building Construction Data

Compiled from University of Pennsylvania Department of Facilities and Real Estate Services Building Inventory Data, 2011; George E. Thomas and David B. Brownlee, Building Americas First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, 2000); Information Files from the University Relations Office Records at the University Archives.