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Getting To Know Your San Diego

SDSU Spanish Revival Architecture Lecture & Tour

By Allen Hazard

Hepner HallDr. Raymond Starr, San Diego State University History Professor, Author and lifetime SOHO member will present a lecture and slideshow at the Faculty Club on the SDSU campus on Saturday, November 9th, at 1:00pm. A walking tour will follow the lecture of the university's Depression Era buildings and sites. The Special Collections and University Archives Department will present vintage photographs in a special exhibition designed just for our tour.

Dr. Starr, author of San Diego State University: A History in Word and Image will lecture about the original Montezuma Mesa campus buildings and additions (1930-1935), which were built in the then-popular Spanish Colonial revival style.

The lecture and slide show will cover Hepner Hall, Little Theatre, Hardy Tower, Old Library and one of my favorite sites, Dual Gym, formerly known as the Women's Gym. Dual Gym was one of the first additions to the new campus, built in 1934 by noted architect William Wheeler and is now home to the Exercise Science and Nutrition Department. With its white stucco walls, red tile roofs and a number of Mediterranean decorative elements, it contains one of the most tranquil sites on campus, a patio featuring an original bench seat, fountain and drinking fountain. The center of campus was the library, decorated with carved and painted beams, elegant wrought-iron fixtures and after 1936, colorful murals.

Dr. Starr's book, which was published for the 100-year school anniversary in 1997, will be available for purchase and book signing after the lecture.

This special lecture and tour is the first of a new series of tours from SOHO called "Getting to Know Your San Diego", designed to showcase well known and not so well known places in San Diego County.

The SDSU Faculty Club is located centrally on campus, just north of Love Library and east of Hepner Hall. Tickets are $20 for SOHO members and $25 for non-members at the SOHO Museum Shop and must be picked up in advance, attendance is limited to 30 individuals. Campus maps will accompany your ticket. Car-pooling is encouraged with parking on side streets available. Please call the SOHO Events Line at (619) 297-7511 for more information.

2002 - Volume 33, Issue 4

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