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Penn Medicine - Pennsylvania Hospital Café 1751

A healing environment to nourish the body, mind, and soul

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Part health center and part museum, the Pennsylvania Hospital is a meaningful piece of American history. Founded in 1751, the nation’s first hospital wanted to renew their drab and dated cafeteria in March 2016. We were asked to bring life back to the space without disrupting the sense of culture. The challenge? Seamlessly blend our modern designs into the surrounding styles of 250-year-old architecture. 

The hospital needed a comfortable space to provide respite for patients, staff, family members, and administrators. We achieved an ageless aesthetic through architectural detailing that reflects early styles of Colonial and Federal design. By introducing novel materials and a neutral yet uplifting color tone, we transformed the outmoded hospital cafeteria into Café 1751 and brought holistic healing back to the hub of the hospital.

To render an emotionally uplifting experience, Café 1751 takes full advantage of the natural light flooding in from an adjacent courtyard. Varied levels of seating, bar counters, and built-in banquets give visitors relaxing and comfortable options. The 24-hour lounge offers family members a sense of home during vulnerable times, and visitors have access to fresh and healthy food options.

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