California Mid-Century Modern: Educational Buildings (page 1)

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Salk Institute
La Jolla, CA
Louis Kahn began designing the Salk Institute in 1959. It was built from 1962-1965. The campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The mirror image buildings that flank the open-ended courtyard are made of poured-in-place concrete with unfinished teak. There is a narrow stream which flows down the middle of the courtyard. The materials used throughout the construction consist of wood, concrete, glass, lead, marble and water. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

Ring Tank
La Jolla, CA
This Ring Tank is located at the Physiological Research Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. It was built in 1965 and is no long used. [map]

Aztec Center [gone]
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Aztec Center at San Diego State University was built from 1964-1968. It was designed by Mosher & Drew. The buildings were demolished in 2011. For more, see this website. [photos thanks Gregory May]

Mesa College
San Diego, CA


Apolliad Theater
This canopy and the Apolliad Theater at Mesa College were designed by Frank L. Hope & Associates and built in 1962. For more, see this website. [map]

Beth Israel School of Religion
San Diego, CA
The Beth Israel School of Religion was designed by William Krisel and built in 1961. It is now named the Museum School. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Golden Gymnasium
San Diego, CA
The Golden Gymnasium was designed by Richard Lareau and built in 1962. It is located at Point Loma Nazarene University which was originally known as California Western University. For more, see this website.

University of California
San Diego, CA

Biomedical Library

Biomedical Sciences Building

Applied Physics Building

Biology Building

Humanities & Social
Sciences Building


Galbraith Hall

Geisel Library
The Biomedical Library and the Biomedical Sciences Building were designed by Robert E. Alexander and built in 1968.

The Applied Physics and Mathematics Building and Biology Building were designed by Mosher & Drew and built in 1969.

The Humanities & Social Sciences Building was designed by Richard George Wheeler and built in 1969.

The Gymnasium was designed by Liebhardt & Weston and built in 1965.

This Walkway is between Mayer Hall and Bonner Hall. It was designed by Risley & Gould in 1968. For more, see this website.

Galbraith Hall was designed by Deems, Lewis & Martin and built in 1964. For more, see this website.

The Geisel Library was designed in the late 1960s by William Pereira and built in 1970. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.