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New Stanley Quad Dedicated on May 17

The new Peter W. Stanley Academic Quadrangle was dedicated on May 17. The quad marks the completion of a multi-year restoration project of Mason, Crookshank and Pearons halls. President David Oxtoby presided over the dedication and provided remarks, as did Stewart R. Smith, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Peter W. Stanley, president emeritus.

During the presidency of Peter W. Stanley (1991 to 2003), the College undertook extensive renovations of many of its historical buildings, including Sumner Hall, the Sontag Greek Theatre, Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music, Pearsons and Carnegie Halls. The dedication of the Stanley Academic Quadrangle acknowledges his commitment to respecting the historic significance of Pomona’s campus when renovating older structures and building new facilities for the College’s future academic needs.

During his speech, Stanley recalled his days living with his family in the President’s house and how he would walk the campus daily at least once, if not twice. “I will tell you that the campus, and the people I knew here, became ineradicably a part of me--landscapes of my mind, landscapes of my heart--and that no matter where I am or what I am doing, the warmth of those memories fills my life, every day. It moves me deeply to think that through your generosity in naming the Academic Quadrangle for me.”

The redesigned quad is nestled between the three buildings—Pearsons, Mason and Crookshank—and each has its own signature garden space that acts as a transition from the quad to building entrances. The redesign includes the reduction of turf by 5,000 square feet and incorporates drought-tolerant plantings. Outdoor teaching and social spaces are also an integral part of the renovated landscape, including a new pergola, barbecue and small formal lawn area for activities like croquet. A permanent table and seats encourage outdoor classes, while concrete and permeable pavement walkways link adjacent areas.

Land Images completed the planning of the Quad, and the project was successfully completed with the assistance of former Pomona College Director of Campus Planning and Maintenance John Giboney and Braeger Construction.

Originally built to house the sciences, today Pearsons (1898), Mason (1923) and Crookshank (1922) house several humanities departments. Pearsons houses Classics, Philosophy and Religious Studies; Crookshank houses English and Media Studies; and Mason houses Chinese, French, German, History, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.