Students and the Perelman Quadrangle
The Perelman Quadrangle is proud to maintain and support Houston Hall, the nation’s oldest operating student center. Houston Hall and the other Perelman Quadrangle spaces are the central home for the Penn community, serving as a gateway to Penn for outside groups hoping to reach students.
Houston Hall History
The oldest operating student center in the country, Houston Hall was built in 1896 as a private club space for Penn students. Today, it provides a welcoming environment where students can interact with each other, support their community, and find a home away from home. Today, this historic building remains at the center of campus life– a place where students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests gather for social, recreational, educational and cultural activities. After a multimillion dollar renovation project in 2000, Houston Hall looks much like it did in 1896 but with all the modern conveniences. With fourteen special event spaces, multimedia technology, a food court, and vending and retail space, Houston Hall is a student center with character. The Reading Room and Bistro spaces on the first floor offer quiet study spaces, couches for lounging, spaces to enjoy lunch, study, or play arcade and table games. On the ground floor you’ll find dining options through the Houston Marketplace and Insomnia Cookies, with the all day breakfast spot, Benny’s Diner on the first floor. The second and third floors house the SPARC (The Spiritual and Religious Life Cen-ter), Office for Student Affairs, and the Perelman Quadrangle administrative office to help you reserve space for your events. This all coexists with the beautiful spaces for meetings, parties, performances ,and every type of event in be-tween that students want to create.
Find out more info in the links below
Hours of Operation
Welcome Desk & Lost and Found
Lounges Study Spaces & Practice Rooms
Student Center Services
Facility Rules & Guidelines