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Getting to Know Graduate Hospital

Stretching from South Street to Washington Avenue, Broad Street to the Schuylkill River, the South of South neighborhood is a vibrant community, home to families and businesses alike. In true Philadelphia fashion, we are a neighborhood of row homes, with a history that dates back several hundred years. ​ Most of Grad Hospital was built after the Civil War, between ~1880-1900.  The architecture is dominated by the Second Empire Style, which features cornice lines and the mansard roof.   ​ Today, Grad Hospital continues to be a vibrant neighborhood with thriving economic corridors, access to public transportation, and wonderful neighbors.  It is centrally located to resources and amenities, and only blocks from the Schuylkill River Trail.


Commercial Corridors

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Graduate Hospital has two elementary schools and a number of early childhood eduction centers.

The Chester A. Arthur School (playground pictured above) is located at 20th & Catharine Streets.

The Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School is located at 17th & Christian Streets, and lies across from Carpenter Green Park.

Grad Hospital is home to a growing number of early childhood education centers including the Goddard School,

The Learning Experience, Western Learning CenterThe Aspen Grove School, & more.


Parks & Parklets

In the heart of Graduate Hospital are two parks and one parklets.  Carpenter Green Park is an urban oasis located at 17th & Carpenter Streets in the eastern section of the neighborhood.  Just to its west at 22nd & Christian Streets lies Julien Abele Park, named after the famed African American architect who resided in on the 1500 block of Christian Street.

Catharine Park is a parklet located at 22nd & Catharine Streets and provides a welcome outdoor play space for our youngest community members.  


Medical & Research Institutions

Graduate Hospital is surrounded by world class medical institutions and research centers, including the University of PennsylvaniaPenn Medicine, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), & Jefferson Hospital


Puentes de Salud, located right on South St. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes the health and wellness of Philadelphia’s rapidly growing Latinx immigrant population through high-quality health care, innovative educational programs, and community building.

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Graduate Hospital is home to a host of organizations.  Those include Bethesda Project, Puentes de Salud, churches, the Scottish Rite Tower & House, Hotel Brotherhood, and many more.

SOSNA proudly partners with numerous nonprofits including the Diaper Project, Young Chances Foundation, and others.


Pet Resources

With multiple pet stores, parks, veterinary clinics and only minutes from Penn Ryan Veterinary Hospital, Graduate Hospital is home to many happy pets!

The Schuylkill River Trail is wonderful for walking or running your dog.  You can head over to one of the nearby dog parks to let your furry friend run free.   

Graduate Hospital is bordered to the north by South Street which boasts many great restaurants and retailers.  The southern end of the neighborhood is bordered by Washington Ave., which has historically been an industrial corridor.  That area of the neighborhood continues to see development, offering new commercial and residential opportunities. Scattered throughout the neighborhood you can find delightful small businesses.  SOSNA supports our small businesses through hosting SOSNA Goes Out [NEED LINK] events and our Economic Development Committee [NEED NEW LINK].   SOSNA collects community feedback on economic issues, which helps us and our partners support the neighborhood better.

Recommend a Business for Our Business Listserv

Know of a new business in the neighborhood that SOSNA should meet?  Fill out this form and SOSNA will add them to our business listserv!

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