Occidental College Creates Online Architectural Archive
Occidental College has created an online archive containing more than 4,000 photos of important Southern California architecture, and drawings, plans and historical pictures of the college dating back to 1912.
The archive, the culmination of four years of work, was made possible by a $137,000 award from the Getty Grant Program. The public is invited to visit the site at http://winterandhuntcollection.oxy.edu.
“This new web site brings together two important resources for the study of Los Angeles architecture,” said Louise Yuhas, professor of art history. “ It is completely searchable and makes readily available to teachers, students and the general public this previously unpublished body of material.”
The collection is divided into three categories:
· The Robert Winter Image Collection, which consists of the personal slide collection of Robert Winter, the Arthur G. Coons Professor of the History of Ideas Emeritus at Occidental. Winter, who taught at the college from 1963-94, co-authored the seminal “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles,” which he started with the late David Gebhard in 1965 and is now in its fifth edition. Winter’s publications are standard sources for anyone interested in early 20th-century architecture.
· The Myron Hunt-Occidental College Architectural Drawings and Plans Collection is named after the architect who established the master plan for the Occidental campus and was responsible for the design of all campus buildings between 1912 and 1940. The collection consists of original pencil drawings, various copies including blueprints and brown lines, and architectural renderings. Hunt’s work also includes the Huntington Library, the original design for the Caltech campus, the Pasadena Public Library, and the Rose Bowl.
· Historic photographs of the Occidental College campus include pictures of the surrounding neighborhood. The collection includes images of the construction, use, modification, renovation and reuse of campus buildings and the changes in landscaping.