File:University of Pennsylvania, Lea Institute of Hygiene, 225 South Thirty-fourth Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA HABS PA,51-PHILA,566F-10.tif

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Title - University of Pennsylvania, Lea Institute of Hygiene, 225 South Thirty-fourth Street, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
Description Collins and Autenrieth
Depicted place Pennsylvania; Philadelphia County; Philadelphia
Date Documentation compiled after 1933
Dimensions 4 x 5 in.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Accession number HABS PA,51-PHILA,566F-10
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  • Significance: The Lea Institute of Hygiene, commonly called Smith Halls, is an early research institute on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The building was the design of mid-Victorian architects Collins and Autenrieth in consultation with its first director, John Shaw Billings (1839-1913). Billings was an early advocate of hygienic design: the Lea Institute of Hygiene marked the continuation of ideas represented by the design for the Johns Hopkins Hospital a generation earlier. Later alterations for new functions have changed the original balanced design but the original fabric is generally intact. Its last use was as a fine arts studio, and academic classrooms. The building forms a part of the University of Pennsylvania Historic District and stands across the street from the National Landmark Furness Building.
  • Survey number: HABS PA-6175
  • Building/structure dates: 1891 Initial Construction
  • Building/structure dates: 1899 Subsequent Work
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