George Finley Bovard Administrative Building, USC

George Finley Bovard Administration Building was dedicated the week of June 19, 1921. John Parkinson, architect. The building cost $620,000, the organ in the auditorium cost $35,000.

At the time it was built, it housed the offices of administration, the offices of the department of instruction, the auditorium, and 27 classrooms. The building included the James Harmon Hoose Hall of Philosophy and the Thomas Blanchard Stowell Hall of Education. The architectural design is Italian Renaissance, designed by John Parkinson, a leading architect of the Southwest. The exterior of the building was faced with brick in colors varying from brown to purple and laid in Dutch bond. The roof was patterned in mission tile of varying colors.

The clock tower is 37 feet square and rises to 116 feet. The sculptures by Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld [Johann Caspar Laehne Gruenfeld] on the tower are "representative of the progress of civilization":

Note on Sculptor:

Johan Caspar Lachne Gruenfeld (Johann Caspar Laehne Gruenfeld, 1872-1954) also made a fountain for Pershing Square, and was commissioned to make the foliate ornamental carvings in the pediment of City Hall. (Moure, Nancy Dustin Wall Moure. Painting and Sculpture in Los Angeles, 1900-1945. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1980. P. 41)

Interior shot of the auditorium, 2008

Trojan bench, in front of the building.


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Photographs taken by Ruth Wallach, USC Libraries, in 1996, 1998, 2008, 2015.