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University of Southern California

The University of Southern California was originally established in 1880 and is one of California’s most important private educational institutions. There are four distinct periods of development in the University’s history, reflecting three campus master plans, and representing significant works by some of the most important architects of the 20th century.

Historic Resources Group provided historic preservation consulting services during the creation of USC’s most recent master plan that will guide future campus development for the next 30 years. Services included CEQA environmental review and assistance during the entitlement process. The project included the development of a new approach for the management of historic resources in large projects. The Adaptive Mitigation Management Approach (or AMMA) provides guidance for future growth under the master plan, and includes the identification of historic resources, design guidelines, and recommendations for maintenance and rehabilitation for all historically significant buildings on the USC campus.

HRG continues to work with the University with the on implementation of mitigation measures required under the master plan, including HABS documentation, the designation of individual resources and a campus-wide historic district. In addition, HRG has provided architectural consulting services for several campus projects, including the renovation of Olin Hall and the adaptive reuse of Stoops Library as a faculty club.

Side: Historic photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.