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
Terra-cotta Roof tiles, with multi-level roof lines
Ornamental Iron Work
These historical elements will be eliminated in the current renovation.
Wooden doors and gates
Courtyards and patios
These elements will be eliminated in the current renovation.
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: