A look inside the new Phila U. dorms at the Falls Center

Philadelphia University’s newest dormitory, The Residences at Falls Center, are more than a semester old now, but the building has had a role in educating young students since the late 19th Century.

In 1875, the building opened to students of the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. This summer, it was converted into rooms for modern day college students. One student, Taylor Harman loves his apartment. As he prepares to graduate in May with a pre-med degree he says, “I don’t know if I’m ever going to live in an apartment this nice again.”

Although the building once contained medical classrooms, student and hallway Residence Manager Kevin Gibbs, insists that the dorm is not haunted. “There are always rumors going around saying the basement was the morgue,” he says as he tours the basement which has been converted to the largest 24-hour common space at Phila U. “But it’s not based on fact.”

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