The Hickman Expansion Project

Learn about The Hickman Expansion Project

The Hickman Friends Senior Community of West Chester is committed to meeting the needs of seniors in Chester County and staying true to our founding Quaker principles. These principles include providing a comfortable, intimate and supportive living environment for residents to allow them to live as independently as possible for as long as possible. Our roots run deep in West Chester, and the community has supported The Hickman for over 126 years.

Honoring Our Tradition

Current Sharpless-Hall Building

Although well-maintained, the 124-year-old Sharpless-Hall Building (pictured above) no longer serves our residents’ needs and will be replaced.

The vision and commitment of our founders, Lydia Hall and Sallie Sharpless, continue to inspire us as we strive to serve the greater West Chester community. In order to do so, we must expand and evolve. The Hickman’s existing Sharpless-Hall Building, situated at the corner of North Walnut and East Marshall Streets, has become inefficient from a programmatic and care-giving perspective and no longer meets the expectations of potential residents and their families.


Building Our Future

After a lengthy process of careful planning and prudent stewardship, the Hickman’s Board of Directors has approved the construction of a new building that will address all of these needs. At its meeting in February 2015, the Borough Council endorsed our plans for a 3-story building with 69 rooms and a gable roof. This new building will:

  • Offer a secure, first-floor dementia care program with its own outdoor garden
  • Offer both personal care and supportive residential living on the second and third floors
  • Follow a “neighborhood model” design, providing a more intimate living environment with more opportunities for social interaction and community gatherings
  • Feature country kitchens and multiple dining rooms so residents can have more choices regarding their dining experience in a home-like setting
  • Include newer technologies and a more efficient and cost-effective building design
  • Feature improved fire safety elements

By replacing the existing Sharpless-Hall Building, The Hickman will be able to meet the changing needs of current and future residents and ensure our presence in West Chester and on Quaker Hill for generations to come. To learn more about the need for The Hickman Expansion Project and our $3 million capital campaign for the new building, download the brochure.  If you would like to help support our fundraising endeavors for this project, please download and complete a pledge form. We also have several naming opportunities available, which can be viewed here.

black and white rendering of new building

As the Hickman Expansion Project continues over the next two years, we will be providing regular updates to our residents, families, friends, neighbors, and the greater West Chester community. Watch this space and our homepage for updates as we build our future while honoring our tradition.View our Hickman Expansion Project Timeline and FAQ’s.

Click here to view live feed of the construction site.