The bronze statue of Charles Custis Harrison, former Provost of the University and developer of Penn's dormitory system, was a gift from John C. Bell, a graduate of the Class of 1884, member of the Board of Trustees, and former Attorney General of Pennsylvania. The sculptor, F. Lynn Jenkins, completed the work in 1925, the year in which it was dedicated. The limestone pedestal is the work of renowned Philadelphia architect Horace Trumbauer. The statue is a beloved landmark in the beautiful Fisher Hassenfeld courtyard. Photograph by Sue Smith
Welcome to Penn and your new home in Fisher Hassenfeld College House.
As the first residential buildings on Penn’s West Philadelphia campus, Fisher Hassenfeld College House has a long history of being a center of the student community. Our small halls facilitate students getting to know each and establishing life long friendships; our great outdoor space provide opportunities to relax, play and study.
Our residential faculty and staff offer a great range of resources and programs to help you meet other students, make new friends and expand your horizons. From study breaks to ‘Paper Doctor’ sessions, pancake and hall dinners, reading day massages, career and academic counseling, quad–wide weekly “Dinner With Interesting People”, informal discussions and residential living programs, we strive to create an engaging, comfortable, intellectually exciting and socially enjoyable community and home where we interact with and learn from one another and the greater Penn and Philadelphia communities.
We are an innovative college house that uses student ideas to develop new activities, like our ‘Borrow a Bike” program, video editing and media facilities, music rooms, movie nights, seasonal BBQ, Sunday brunches, major dinners, sporting equipment, intramural sporting program, Fall Festival, square dancing, holiday celebrations, late night cafe and more.
FH sponsors activities ranging from informal discussions with faculty and national leaders, community service programs, in house courses, informal house events and social, sporting and cultural programs throughout Philadelphia.
So check the weekly "This Week in Fisher Hassenfeld" email newletter and the bathroom edition - Dear John to keep abreast of House activities.
We look forward to meeting and getting to know you and to you becoming an active member of the Fisher Hassenfeld family.
Shawna M. Patterson, House Dean
Paul and Becky Axelsen, Faculty Fellow & Associate Fellow
Nadine Gabbadon & Dan Robbins, House Fellow & Associate Fellow