Former Cardinal’s Residence Welcomes Students to Hawk Hill
Surrounded by lush greenery and beautifully landscaped grounds that sweep from City to Overbrook Avenues and extend along Cardinal Avenue stands a four-story, 23,350-square-foot mansion. With its façade, picturesque gabled roof, ornate windows and lofty turret, the former Cardinal’s Residence symbolizes Philadelphia’s enduring Catholic history.
Since the University’s 2012 acquisition of the property from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — made possible by leadership gifts from James J. Maguire ’58 and J. Eustace Wolfington ’56 — the building and its grounds have become central to Saint Joseph’s mission.
“It’s a real tribute to our friendship,” said Maguire. “It fits together like a hand in glove.”
The addition of 5800 City Avenue creates a gateway to campus, through which the University welcomes families and prospective students considering a Jesuit, Catholic education. The Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center bears the names of the two friends and philanthropists who met as undergraduates and is situated on the spacious Marcy Dugan Wolfington Campus, named for Wolfington’s wife.
“I’d be honored to have my name on a plaque next to yours,” Wolfington said to Maguire when they discussed the collaboration. “Our lives have been so closely connected in every way since we first met at Saint Joseph’s. It was my vision to have our family names on both sides of City Avenue.”
Since the Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center opened in November 2014, it has welcomed more than 8,000 visitors.
“The Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center is a great first impression for prospective students and their families,” said Maureen Mathis, assistant provost for undergraduate enrollment. “It is a beautiful building with a history that engages our visitors and makes them feel welcome on the Saint Joseph’s campus.”
Admissions counselors, student financial services and enrollment systems and analytics are housed on the top floors, while the first floor features a comfortable reception space, as well as a bright admissions presentation area, a tiered outdoor events space and an airy conference room.
Hawk Host Dan Tumolo, a senior from Kennett Square, Pa., with an economics major and a political science minor said, “This building has a very warm, welcoming atmosphere. It reflects the experience you have at Saint Joseph’s.”
It’s fitting that the house and grounds, steeped in Philadelphia’s Catholic history, have become an essential part of the University’s mission, welcoming the next generation of Hawks home.
Molly Crossan Harty MBA & Carolyn Vivaldi M.S. ’13
For more on the Maguire Wolfington Welcome Center, see the Fall 2015 issue of SJU Magazine, due out in late November.