Schellhase Commons at Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania




Ursinus College


17 sq.ft.

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Strategically situated at a prominent intersection, the Schellhase Commons (the Commons) marks the entrance to the campus of Ursinus College.  Campus tours begin and conclude at this node of activity, emphasized by a spectacular view of the emblematic Bomberger Hall, a turn-of-the-century Romanesque structure built of Pennsylvania blue marble and the oldest original main building on campus.  The Commons is comprised of a 17,305 SF addition and renovation to the existing Keigwin Hall, a historic brick farmhouse.

Taking cues from the mica stone throughout much of the campus, the Commons integrates the stone in two gable walls reminiscent of an agrarian structure native to the region. Repeated again in a site wall that becomes the multipurpose pavilion, the stone forms a threshold into a courtyard surrounded by the volumes that make up the Commons. From this point, a visitor may enter the main lobby for a visit with an Admissions Officer or attend a gathering in the multipurpose pavilion, pick-up swag in the Bookstore, or grab a coffee from the Café.

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