Scripps Completes Blueprint for Historic Campus

Thanks to a $130,000 Campus Heritage Initiative grant from the Getty, the College now has a detailed plan for the future management of Scripps’ historic buildings and landscapes.

In 2002, Scripps was invited to join a select group of American colleges and universities to receive a Getty grant in the first year of the program. Since then, a committee of alumnae, faculty, staff, and visiting experts met regularly and worked assiduously to design a landscape and architectural blueprint of the College, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The blueprint is now complete, announced James Manifold, Scripps’ vice president and treasurer and chairman of the Scripps Campus Heritage Committee. “The campus is an architectural and landscape treasure,” explains Manifold.”This report will provide a road map to current and future members of the Scripps community for the management of its historical resources. It includes a statement of historic design principles based upon the work of founding architect Gordon Kaufmann and landscape architect Edward Huntsman- Trout that will inform preservation, restoration, and development projects.”

The document focuses on the plantings, courtyards, fountains, allees, buildings, and artwork that comprise the campus.The centerpiece of the blueprint is a Cultural Landscape Report, which includes a site history, statement of existing conditions, a site analysis and evaluation, and a treatment plan.The treatment plan includes recommendations concerning the rehabilitation, preservation, restoration, and maintenance of elements within the historic district, as well as recommendations for the campus’s more contemporary elements.

Scripps worked with a team of consultants assembled by Historic Resources Group including Christy Johnson McAvoy, Hon. AIACC, a national leader in historic preservation; Steve Moga, senior preservation planner;Tom Michali, preservation architect with the firm M2A; architectural historian Jennifer Minasian Trotoux ’92; preservation planner Frank F. Parrello; Pamela Seager, executive director of the Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation; landscape architect Robin Tyner; and consulting arborist Cy Carlberg, director of grounds at Scripps from 1988-92.

Scripps Campus Heritage Committee members, in addition to Manifold, include Martha H. Keates, vice president for development and college relations, committee vice chairman; Bruce Coats, professor of art history and humanities; Eric T. Haskell, professor of French and humanities and director of Clark Humanities Museum; Mary Davis MacNaughton ’70, professor of art history and director of Williamson Gallery; Bernie Osborn, director of facilities; Judy Harvey Sahak ’64, Sally Preston Swan Librarian at Denison Library and assistant director of Libraries of The Claremont Colleges; Lola Trafecanty, director of grounds; and Carolyn Ditte Wagner ’72.