Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Susan Miller Dorsey Hall

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Institution Name: Scripps College
Original/Historic Place Name: Susan Miller Dorsey Hall
Location on Campus: 1111 N. Amherst Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1930original construction Kaufmann, Gordon
1977addition of courtyard and garden Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: smooth stucco
Roof: Roman tile
1930-present (2007)residence hall

Landmark designation:
National RegisterScripps College for Women (1984)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Dorsey Hall, the College's fourth residence hall, was constructed in 1930. Though the massing of Dorsey is less irregular than the other halls, it is characterized by smooth stucco walls, cast stone details, a Roman tile roof, interior courtyards, and exterior patios. In 1977, a courtyard and garden between Browning and Dorsey Halls was dedicated to the memory of Katherine Hall Douglas, '41.

Dorsey Hall was named for Mrs. Susan Miller Dorsey, one of Scripps' first trustees. She was well known throughout Southern California because of her work in support of education, including long service as superintendent of schools in Los Angeles.

I. Bibliographic sources:

A Tour of the Campus Including an Account of Special Collections, Certain Architectural Features, and Other Items. Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 1960.

Belloli, Jay et al. Johnson, Kaufmann, and Coate: Partners in the California Style. Claremont, CA: Trustees of Scripps College, 1997.

Bernard, Robert J., An Unfinished Dream: A Chronicle of the Group Plan of the Claremont Colleges. Claremont, CA: Claremont University Center, 1982.

Birnbaum, Charles R., and Robin Karson, eds. Pioneers of American Landscape Design. New York: McGraw Hill, 2000.

Campus Master Plan. Archives, Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

Clark, Alson. "The 'California' Architecture of Gordon B. Kaufmann." Society of Architectural Historians Southern California Chapter Review 1, no. 3 (1982): 1-8.

Coats, Bruce and Judy Harvey Sahak. Guide to the Scripps College Campus. Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 2002.

Deferred Maintenance and Capital Renewal Report. [Claremont, CA: Scripps College, n.d.].

Eckbo, Garrett. Urban Landscape Design. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964.

Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985.

Landscape and Architectural Blueprint. Forthcoming. Scripps College, Claremont, CA..

Larson, Jens Frederick and Archie MacInnes Palmer. Architectural Planning of the American College. New York and London: McGraw-Hill, 1933.

Lyon, E. Wilson. The History of Pomona College, 1887-1969. Claremont, CA: Pomona College [in consortium with Scripps College], 1977.

Polyzoides, Stephanos. "Gordon B. Kaufmann, Edward Huntsman-Trout, and the Design of the Scripps College Campus." In Johnson, Kaufmann, and Coate: Partners in the California Style. Claremont, CA: Trustees of Scripps College, 1997, 83-113.

Scripps College. Cultural Landscape Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, [forthcoming].

Solomon, Barbara Miller. In the Company of Educated Women. New Haven, CT: Yale Univ. Press, 1985.

Turner, Paul Venable. Campus: An American Planning Tradition. New York: Architectural History Foundation; Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984.

II. Location of other data:
Government Offices
Other: UCLA Special Collections, Edward Huntsman-Trout Papers, Los Angeles, California

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