AKA: Throop Polytechnic Institute, Throop Hall, Pasadena, CA; California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Throop Hall, Pasadena, CA

Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Hunt and Grey, Architects (firm); Elmer Grey (architect); Myron Hubbard Hunt (architect)

Dates: constructed 1908-1910, demolished 1971

Pasadena, CA

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Caltech originated as Throop University (1891-1892); the school altered its name to Throop Polytechnic Institute (1893-1912) and subsequently to Throop College of Technology (1913-1919), before rormally re-naming itself the "California Institute of Technology" in 1921.

Alexander Stirling Calder (1870-1945), the father of the modernist sculptor, Alexander Calder (1898-1976), designed the reliefs located above the main entry arches. Calder's grandfather, Alexander Milne Calder (1846-1923), was also a noted sculptor, responsible for William Penn's likeness perched on the spire of the Philadelphia City Hall.

Demolished. Demolition was due to damage sustained after the Sylmar Earthquake in 1971. Demolition proved to be difficult as the building had a stout reinforced concrete frame.

PCAD id: 11902