Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Founders Hall

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Institution Name: University of La Verne
Original/Historic Place Name: Founders Hall
Location on Campus: 1950 Third St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1926original construction Loring, Ralph S.
Designer: Ralph S. Loring
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete
Walls: reinforced concrete
Roof: clay tile mansard, built-up roof
ca. 1926library
1926-present (2006)auditorium
1926-present (2006)administration
1926-present (2006)classrooms (and now chemistry and computer laboratories)

Founders Hall was the first classroom building constructed on the campus of La Verne College. It also was built to hold all of the school's faculty and administrative offices, the college library, and the college auditorium. Prior to the completion of Founders Hall in 1926, all of these were housed in a former hotel building which was the college's only building from 1891 until 1917. Additional edifices in the same style as Founders Hall graced the campus plan in the artist's rendering, but the one-two punches of depression and war knocked out all possibility of their construction.

Founders Hall continued as the only classroom, office, library, and auditorium building into the 1950's, when a library and office/classroom building were erected in a contrasting architectural style and according to a different campus plan. Since then the faculty departments and administrative offices that occupied Founders Hall changed periodically with successive waves of land purchases and construction, but the venerable building remains the central classroom and office building today, containing among other offices those of the University President, Provost, and Executive Vice President. It also houses chemistry and computer laboratories, and its gathering space, Founders Auditorium, remains the largest place for convocations and concerts on the University's campus.


Heckman, Marlin. University of La Verne. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001.

Hogan, Herbert W., and Gladdys E. Muir. The University of La Verne: A Centennial History: 1891-1991. La Verne, CA: University of La Verne, 1990.

Hogan, Herbert W. Years of Renewal and Growth: University of La Verne 1985-2000, the First Fifteen Years of the Presidency of Stephen C. Morgan. La Verne, CA: University of La Verne, 2001.

Muir, Gladdys E. La Verne College: Seventy-Five Years of Service. Los Angeles: La Verne College, 1967.

Polos, Nicholas. "The Rise of a University: Super-Tent," Mt. San Antonio Historian 16, no. 3 (Summer 1980): 93-105.


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