Orange Coast College


Unfortunately, the one time mecca of Richard Neutra’s modernist style has been reworked in recent memory, losing much of its mid-century charm. While the new buildings serve nicely for modern university functions, the real gems are the remaining buildings from the Neutra era: the auditorium, and the math building. The football and swim stadiums are highly functional spaces, with minimal hints of Neutra. The math building, however, has large clerestory windows atop of slanted walls, with low-slung roofs and covered walkways. Similarly, covered walkways lead to the auditorium with multiple blocky articulations and rooflines. (2016)

Architect: Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander

Built: 1950-1955

Style: Modernist

Type: Civic

Address: 2701 Fairview Road

City: Costa Mesa


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