Grace Scripps Clark Hall
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Located adjacent to Toll Hall, Clark Hall was constructed in 1928. Like Toll, with which it shared a kitchen, the structure features irregular massing. The design configuration accommodates a large, double-height dining hall and an exterior staircase that descends to brick-paved courtyards, and small gardens, which form a series of linked enclosures.
Olive Court is the principal of these charming spaces. It was named for the fine olive tree that had originally shaded one corner. In the pavement of the court, in mosaic, is the College motto, Dante's Incipit Vita Nova, selected by Dr. Hartley Burr Alexander.
A loggia constructed in 1936 now forms part of an enclosed court that features grass and cypress trees. In addition, Oasis Court was created in 2001 to replace the delivery area for the shared kitchen. Oasis Court was planted with drought resistant vegetation.
As noted by Coats and Harvey Sahak, "The south façade of Grace Scripps Clark Hall has five terra cotta medallions: the one closest to Denison Library depicts Pallas Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, with her owl and a sigure who is holding a compass and sphere (probably Euclid, who studied at the Academy in Athens). Above the entrance are, from left: Artemis (Diana), Goddess of the Hunt; Pythia, priestess of Apollo at Delphi and deliverer of truth; Flora, the Roman Goddess of Flowers, and Pan, God of the Forest, playing his pipes" (Bruce Coats and Judy Harvey Sahak, Guide to the Scripps College Campus [Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 2002]).
Clark was the joint gift of Mrs. Rex B. Clark (Grace Scripps Clark), for whom it was named, and Miss Ellen Browning Scripps, in memory of Mr. James E. Scripps, father and brother of the donors.
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