Watercolor #37 in 35 Years: Beckman Auditorium Caltech

by Pasadena Adjacent



The folks at Catlech may refer to this building as a “wedding Cake” but Edward Durrel Stone, it’s architect, saw it as part of the 1960’s ‘New Formalism.’ A contemporary interpretation of a circular Roman temple using modern materials. Sadly, because of the drought, all four disk fountains that encircle the auditorium, are out of operation. I imagine that at night, properly lit, they added greatly to the architecture’s overall drama. The building celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year.

[WARNING SHOP TALK]  It’s really really hard to draw – and that’s all I’m going to say. This time instead of me telling you what works and what doesn’t, I’ll let you do that.