Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Grove House

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Institution Name: Pitzer College
Original/Historic Place Name: Grove House
Location on Campus: NE part of campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1902original construction Unknown
1977relocation to Pitzer college campus Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: lathe and plaster
Roof: wood shingle
1902-1977private residence
1977-present (2007)museum (Hinshaw Art Gallery)
1977-present (2007)other (social center)

Significance: architecture, culture, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Originally built as the home of a Claremont citrus grower, the Grove House was saved from potential demolition by moving it to the Pitzer College, north of Mead Hall, in 1977. Here at Pitzer, the house has a new lease on life, serving as a campus social center. Built in 1902, during the height of what has been termed the American Arts and Crafts movement, it is an impressive architectural example of the California bungalow style, characteristic of that period.

Restored and furnished in a manner appropriate to its heritage, the Grove House provides students and faculty with comfortable spaces to meet, study, or have lunch. Other spaces in the house include the Ecology Center, the Bert Meyers Poetry Room, the Hinshaw Art Gallery, a women's center, a guest room, and a meeting room. The house also regularly hosts a variety of events, including poetry readings and musical performances.

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