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Halls Of Academia

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 18mm ISO 800 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

The view looking south through Lebus Court at Pomona, College, Claremont, California.  Lebus Court was designed by Myron Hunt and erected in 1915 at the rear of Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music (“Little Bridges”).  Lebus Court, along with Rembrandt Hall houses the  Department of Art & Art History at the college.  The  building directly south is Harwood Hall, the first residential hall constructed on the campus in 1921.

In relative terms, the buildings and campus of Pomona College offer some of the most mature architecture and landscaping to be found in the Southern California area since they have been standing roughly 100 years.  This test of time is quite an achievement in a locale that has historically been ever evolving, ever changing during the past century and a half.  I really like the feeling I get from the stonework and the building structure and texture in this image, from the lush, fully mature greenery.  Pomona is a great campus for walking and enjoying green things, with many mature and majestic trees.  I have never been comfortable or inspired in schools and classrooms, never fully engaged in classroom learning, but being on the campus of Pomona College I get a great feeling of contentment and permanence.  This rendering makes me feel good.


Leven Oaks Endures

Nikon D7000 18-200mm @ 24mm ISO 200 3-bkts f/11 Lr4, HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Located three doors south of Foothill Boulevard on Myrtle Avenue in the heart of the Monrovia, California “old town” commercial district is The Leven Oaks.  Built in 1911 by L.B. Vollmer The Leven Oaks was envisioned as becoming the best hotel west of the Rockies.  The fact that Monrovia was founded by Prohibitionists and was a dry town may or may not have been considered by Vollmer when he opened his hotel.  In 2000 the hotel was transformed in to an assisted living facility.