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

Designers: Flewelling, Ralph C., FAIA, Architect (firm); Westcott, R., Company, Building Contractors (firm); Ralph Carlin Flewelling (architect); R. Westcott (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1928-1930

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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A distinguished essay in the Italian Romanesque Style, complete with a campanile 146 feet tall; the building was donated by Colonel Seeley Wintersmith Mudd, Della Mudd and Seeley Greenleaf Mudd, a family well-known for its educational philanthropy; it cost approximately $300,000; the R. Westcott Company served as contractor for this brick, two-story building; construction work began with the foundation laying, 05/16/1929 and ended 06/05/1930; Ralph Tyler Flewelling, an important philosopher on the faculty of USC, was the architect's father, and had considerable influence over the choice of the Department of Philosophy Building's designer; this would explain why the firm of Parkinson and Parkinson, who designed most of the other 1920s buildings on the USC campus, did not get this commission;

PCAD id: 5210