The Kelly Writers House reborn

Penn Today
January 14, 2019

Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk, is one of the oldest buildings on campus, built in 1851—when America had 31 states and Millard Fillmore was president.

For many years, it was the residence of the University chaplain. Writers House was founded in 1995-96, and a gift from alumnus Paul Kelly and family in 1997 transformed and renamed the quaint cottage into the peerless Kelly Writers House, a 13-room, three-story villa that functions as a center and incubator for writers at Penn and the greater Philadelphia community.

The most prominent and frequently used space in Writers House is the front parlor known as the Arts Cafe, where many readings and public events are staged. Beginning last summer and continuing through December 2018, the Arts Cafe has been revitalized and expanded to make it more usable and technologically friendly.

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