Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jaqua Quadrangle

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Institution Name: Scripps College
Original/Historic Place Name: Central Quadrangle
Location on Campus: south of Toll Hall
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1972quadrangle evolves Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Distinct topography:
Orange trees line walkway.
Large-scale features:
Walkway, staircase and terrace; bronze sculpture.
Other characteristics:
ca. 1972-present (2007)outdoor space

Significance: history, landscape
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Jaqua Quadrangle, named in 1972 for the College's founding president, marks the intersection on the upper lawn of the campus of three visual axes. As Coats and Harvey-Sahak observe, the Quadrangle's "primary east-west vista, symbolically linking the mind and body, extends from the front steps of Denison Library to the field where a new athletic facility is planned. The secondary east-west axis brings visitors from Eleventh Street through Honnold Gate to the heart of the residential area. A north-south walkway extends from the residential halls to the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Commons, the student center" (Bruce Coats and Judy Harvey Sahak, Guide to the Scripps College Campus [Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 2002]).

The Quadrangle's walkway, which is lined by orange trees, was named in honor of John H. Chandler, the sixth president of the College in 1989. As Coats and Harvey Sahak note, "at the south end of Chandler Walk is a monumental staircase and terrace, named for longtime friend of the College Elizabeth Monroe Wood, whose husband, Judge J. Perry Wood, had been on the Board of Trustees. These steps and terraced areas were built in 1972-73 to the plans of Thomas Church of San Francisco and lead to Bowling Green, the Edwards Humanities Building, and the Malott Commons. At the top of the steps to the east is a bronze sculpture titled 'Juncture' by Aldo Casanova, a Scripps professor."

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:
University: Library, Special Collections
Other: UCLA Special Collections, Edward Huntsman-Trout Papers, Los Angeles, California

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