Hillside Campus: The 30th Anniversary of Art Center’s move to Pasadena
Since the early 1960s, Art Center’s leadership – then known as the Board of Regents – was determined to create a new, larger campus. The College had long outgrown its facilities at the Third Street campus in Hancock Park. After looking at more than 40 sites, Art Center chose a 175-acre property in the San Rafael Hills of Pasadena in 1971. Cited as its key attributes were the site’s location on a beautiful hillside near a residential area, accessibility by nearby freeways, and proximity to other educational institutions such as Caltech.
Art Center hired Craig Ellwood Associates for the project. Best known as a Case Study House architect, Ellwood has previously worked with Art Center President Don Kubly on the design and construction of Kubly’s own house, also located in Pasadena, in the mid-1960s. Collaborating with Ellwood on the Art Center project were James Tyler (Design Associate), Stephen Woolley (Project Architect), and Alfred Caldwell (landscape design).