Seeley Wintersmith Mudd Hall of Philosophy, USC

General Description

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 Argonauts' 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).

Specifics

Exterior Inscriptions

Interior Inscription

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.
--Tennyson

Other reliefs and sculptures
Exterior mosaics

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