Author: Nicole Oddo, C’05
On what is just a typical day of orientation and training at my office, we gather in the lobby for a roof tour. Now of course, going up to the roof does not sound like work, but part of my job is exposing our summer associates (interns) to Philadelphia. Considering I work in one of the great skyscrapers of the Philadelphia skyline, it is an amazing introduction. This will actually be my first trip. Seeing as after three years my ears finally stopped popping everyday on my commute to the 43rd floor, I’m a bit nervous. How much space do we really have up there? Why did I pick such a windy day? Is it easy to fall off the roof? Will I get everyone safely back?
We ride the freight elevator together to the top. Armed with cameras (including the old school disposable version), we are ready for this tour. And the view is absolutely spectacular.
As I walk around the roof, I’m greeted by a familiar sight.
Here from the roof, I have a new vantage point of the familiar landmarks – Huntsman Hall, High Rise East (now Harnwell), Franklin Field, Irvine Auditorium, and a pocket of trees (Locust Walk) in the middle of campus. Several other Penn alums are on the roof as well and we stand there pointing out buildings. While so many parts of the city have special meaning to me now, Penn is at the heart of all of it. After all, without Penn, I would have never made it to Philadelphia!
Enjoy a few of my other photos from the roof.