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Occidental College Campus Historical Photos


Mary Norton Clapp Library from Northwest, 1924

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The construction and development of the Occidental College Campus and the Myron Hunt designed buildings, as well as the neighborhood surrounding the campus, is a documented through a collection of photographs produced by a variety of photographers over the course of Occidental's history. Including images intended for college publications and historical documentation, as well as photographs taken by students and donated to the college, the collection contains images of the construction, use, modification, renovation, and reuse of campus buildings and the maturing of the landscaping. The collection is housed in the photograph collection of Occidental College Library's Special Collections.

About this Collection

This project, begun in 1998, was originally made possibly by the generous support of a Getty Grant Program, the Electronic Cataloguing Initiative Implementation Grant. Architectural images were made available by a gift to Occidental College by Dr. Robert Winter.


Myron Hunt

A major figure in the history of Southern California architecture, Myron Hunt established the master plan for the Occidental College campus and was responsible for the design of all campus buildings built between 1912 and 1940.  Located in Eagle Rock, California, a neighborhood in northwestern Los Angeles, the campus was designed along a Beaux-Arts cross-axial plan with the majority of the buildings designed in a Mediterranean Revival style. 

For more information regarding Occidental College architecture, please visit The Council of Independent Colleges: Historic Campus Architecture Project.


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