Occidental College landmark to get a $20 million makeover

Construction will begin  this summer on a new wing and renovation of Swan Hall, one of three buildings constructed 95-years ago when the college moved to its current Eagle Rock campus. Swan Hall – designed by architect Myron Hunt – originally served as the men’s dormitory but it now houses the offices of faculty members, some of whom work in converted sleeping porches. The nearly $20 million project would add office space and seminar rooms in a new wing to the west side of Swan Hall, which sits near the main entrance to the college.

“This is the College’s most important building project,” said Occidental President Jonathan Veitch said in a statement. “Swan is a busy place for faculty and students, and its floor plan is woefully out of date. Through the Fletcher Jones Foundation’s generosity, the much-beloved Swan Hall will once again become one of the most important buildings on campus.”

The renovation and expansion of Swan Hall comes after Occidental decided against seeking city approval of an ambitious campus development plan in the face of community opposition.  Instead, the liberal arts college focused on completing the Swan Hall project. The school also plans to build a new home for its alumni relations office on the site  of the old Women’s Center on Campus Road.

Photo from Occidental College


  1. Those living around the college better look at the city’s municipal code so they know the laws and their rights before the construction starts. http://www.lacity.org

  2. Thanks for keeping people informed, construction can always cause new puzzles to figure out. I know Oxy has done a good job following all the requirements and procedures. The neighborhood and occidental have a great symbiotic relationship that neither want to tarnish. I for one can’t wait for it to be finished and for our professors to have functional offices and meeting spaces.

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