Eleanor Joy Toll Hall
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In 1927, Toll Hall, the gift of Miss Scripps, was the first building constructed at the College. Designed by Gordon Kaufmann, it was sited at the north end of campus with the mountains in the distance. The irregular massing of the structure creates adds an informal quality to the residence that obscures its size. The building is small-scaled at the one-story entrance and steps up to a third story at the rear. Large panes of glass and decorative graffito panels in the front entry create a welcoming appearance.
The design of Toll Hall, like that of other structures on campus, includes courtyards. Originally named Palm Court, the principal courtyard featured four palm trees. Renamed Star Court after the death of the palms, the courtyard was redesigned to include a star-shaped tiled fountain.
The residence hall was named for the first woman trustee, Mrs. Eleanor Joy Toll, a civic leader in Southern California, especially in the fields of education and music.
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