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Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building

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Institution Name: Scripps College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building
Location on Campus: 981 North Amherst Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1968original construction Warnecke, John Carl
Designer: John Carl Warnecke
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1968-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 1968-present (2006)auditorium

Originally the site of the extensive and beloved Cutting Garden, fountain, and Olive Grove, the Bette Cree Edwards Humanities Building was constructed in 1968 to house classrooms and an auditorium. The building is named in honor of a former member of the trustees of Scripps College. As noted by Coats and Harvey Sahak, "the architect, John Carl Warnecke, combined modern forms with elements of the traditional Mediterranean-style architecture of the 1920s buildings, such as the white stucco walls and red tile roofs."

As Coats and Harvey Sahak further note, sixty "trees were carefully dug up, boxed, and stored during construction of the Humanities Building, for eventual replanting in the court named for Dororthy Stauffer Lydoon'44 and in areas north and south of the structure. The rose bushes were moved to an area south of Elm Tree Lawn, and the Cutting Garden fountain was replaced by two pools in the Humanities Building Court" (Bruce Coats and Judy Harvey Sahak, Guide to the Scripps College Campus [Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 2002]).


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