Philips Memorial Building

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Philips Memorial Building
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Philips Memorial Building
Philips Memorial Building is located in Pennsylvania
Philips Memorial Building
Location Corner of University and S. High St., West Chester, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 39°57′8″N 75°35′55″W / 39.95222°N 75.59861°W / 39.95222; -75.59861Coordinates: 39°57′8″N 75°35′55″W / 39.95222°N 75.59861°W / 39.95222; -75.59861
Area 12.6 acres (5.1 ha)
Built 1927
Architect Walter Price
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
Part of West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District[1]
NRHP Reference # 81000539
Added to NRHP October 08, 1981

Philips Memorial Hall is a building of West Chester University, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States, named after George M. Philips (principal from 1881–1920), originally opened in 1927. It is a contributing building in the West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Designed by Walter F. Price, the exterior is fashioned from hammer-dressed Foxcroft Wissahickon schist, a local stone commonly used for buildings in the Collegiate Gothic style.[2]

Thanks to the support of Emily Kessel Asplundh '27 and others, preservation and renovations were completed in 1999. Special features include: the whispering archway; the distinctive gargoyles; coats of arms and figures of western civilization; the 2000-volume Philips Autographed Library; the 1200-seat Emily K. Asplundh Concert Hall; and the Presidential office suite.

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). ARCH: Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2012-11-02.  Note: This includes Richard J. Webster (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form: West Chester State College Quadrangle Historic District" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-11-05.