Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Scripps College Performing Arts Center

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Institution Name: Scripps College
Original/Historic Place Name: Garrison Theater of the Claremont Colleges
Location on Campus: 231 East 10th St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1962original construction Sheets, Miller
Designer: Millard Sheets
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1962-present (2006)theater (Garrison Theater)
ca. 1999-present (2006)academic department building (Scripps College Performing Arts Center)

Prominently located three blocks south of the main entrance to The Claremont Colleges, the Performing Arts Center is immediately north of the Honnold Library, the intellectual and geographic heart of the Consortium. With Scripps' purchase of the structure (then known as the Garrison Theater) in 1999, the stunning structure became the new official entrance to the College.

It is altogether fitting that the "gateway" to Scripps College is a Millard Sheets designed structure (1962), especially because it includes distinctive mosaic murals that one associates with his oeuvre. As the founder of the Scripps Art Department and a leading painter and muralist, Sheets left a rich legacy to Scripps, its sister colleges in Claremont, and to Southern California. The renovation and expansion of Garrison Theater to create the Performing Arts Center--a visually and acoustically stunning performance venue--is a testament to Sheets' enduring legacy.


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