Graduate Hospital is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia. Graduate Hospital was named after the medical facility on the northern edge of the neighborhood that was founded in 1916 and is currently known as Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse and is owned by The University of Pennsylvania Health System. Graduate Hospital, or GHo, is sometimes referred to as South of South, SoSo, Naval Square, or Schuylkill-Southwest. Graduate Hospital is comprised of nineteenth and twentieth-century rowhomes interspersed with corner stores, 22 churches and a few larger architectural landmarks. In recent years Graduate Hospital has experienced growth and gentrification. Hundreds of single family homes and condominium units have been built or refurbished. As a result of the neighborhood’s proximity to Rittenhouse Square and increasing desirability, a variety of new businesses catering to the increasingly gentrified population have opened. Despite the improvements, the neighborhood still contains some abandoned and dilapidated housing, especially towards the South.
Graduate Hospital Boundaries
Graduate Hospital is bordered on the North by South Street, on the South by Washington Avenue, on the West by the Schuylkill River, and by Broad Street on the East. Graduate Hospital is adjacent to the Fitler Square and Rittenhouse Square neighborhoods to the North and Point Breeze to the South.