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Eleanor Joy Toll Hall

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Institution Name: Scripps College
Original/Historic Place Name: Eleanor Joy Toll Hall
Location on Campus: 325 East 12th St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1927original construction Kaufmann, Gordon
Designer: Gordon B. Kaufmann
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
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Roof:
 
Function:
ca. 1927-present (2006)residence hall
 

Narrative:
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.
 

References:

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.

 

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