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Platner Hall, a Mediterranean-style structure of reinforced concrete on concrete foundations, was constructed in 1928 to serve as a women's dormitory. It was built under a retirement annuity arrangement with David H. and Jennie M. Platner, who donated $56,000 to build the residence hall in exchange for a lifetime annuity of $300 per month. Platner Residence Hall served in that capacity until the 1970s, when it was renovated for faculty offices.
It currently serves as the headquarters of the Media Center, which provides audiovisual equipment for the campus, and includes a large screening room, a video viewing room, and video production facilities, including digital editing stations. A darkroom for developing and printing photographs is in the basement, which includes a media storage area. The audiovisual collection housed in the Media Center spans the history of media since the 1960s, but the facility has not been upgraded to reflect the archival conditions suggested by Smithsonian Institution guidelines. For example, since it was built with a full basement- a rare feature in southern California- it is prone to flooding during the region's infrequent rainfalls.
A renovation completed in 1998 by architect William Loyd Jones of Venice, California, did not include replacement of the roof, which is currently in a leaky condition.
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