Spanish Colonial Revival

The P-Building is generally considered to be an example of the Spanish Colonial Revival style of architecture–what does this mean?

The 1915 Panama-California Exposition, held in San Diego’s Balboa Park, popularized the architectural style known as Spanish Colonial Revival.  Architect Bertram Goodhue used the exposition buildings to showcase a style in which he incorporated more intricate designs, influenced by the Spanish baroque, with the plainer mission style.

The P-Building includes the following design elements typical of the style:

Curves and arches

White stucco exterior

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Terra-cotta Roof tiles, with multi-level roof lines

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Tower-like chimneys

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Ornamental Iron Work

These historical elements will be eliminated in the current renovation.

 

Wooden doors and gates

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Courtyards and patiosimg_0122-2

 

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Painted tiles

These elements will be eliminated in the current renovation.

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Balconies, porches, stoops, and steps

These elements will be eliminated in the renovation.

Throughout the college, buildings echo the design elements that Kirtland Cutter included in the English Building:

 

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