The two-story red brick Mudd Hall of Philosophy is predominately pre-Renaissance Tuscan in design, combining elements of Romanesque, Byzantine, and Arab decoration. It is trimmed in cast stone, roofed in tile, and built around three sides of a courtyard containing a central fountain, with an open cloister running along the fourth side. At the junction of the north and west wings is a clock and chimes tower. Interior decoration is of dark wood, colorful tiles, and salmon-colored unglazed terra cotta. Mudd Hall was designed to house three large classrooms, a Philosophy club room (The Argonaus' Hall, which is now a classroom), a large lecture room (Borden Parker Bowne Hall), facultry offices, a library and rare book room, a book bindery and workshop, and storage rooms. The rare book and the book bindery and workshop have been converted into an additional classroom and offices.
The building was designed to conform to the Tuscan style of those University buildings in its (then) immediate vicinity--Bovard Administration Building (1921), Science Hall (1928), Student Union Building (1928), and Physical Education (1930).
On The Argonauts' Hall fireplace:
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans around with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Other reliefs and sculptures and mosaics on the exterior of the building.
Art works in the Hoose Library of Philosophy.
Flewelling, Ralph Tyler, ed. Exercises in Dedication of George Finley Bovard Administration Auditorium, Hoose Hall of Philosophy and Stowell Hall of Education, University of Southern California, June 19 to 23, 1921. Los Angeles: University of Southern California Press, 1921?
Nethery, Wallace. Dr. Flewelling & the Hoose Library; Life and Letters of a Man and an Institution. With an Address by Heinrich Gomperz on the part of the Gomperz Collection commonly called by that name. Los Angeles: University of Southern California Press, 1976.