Pomona College Receives Historic Preservation Award
: John Neiuber, president of Claremont Heritage; Robert Robinson, assistant vice president of Facilities and Campus Services at Pomona; Cecilia Conrad, vice president and dean, Pomona College; David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage
Pomona College was honored by the Claremont Heritage organization with their 2012 Bess Garner Historic Preservation Award, at its annual summer gala on Saturday, June 16. The group, which is dedicated to “keeping the traditions of the community alive,” also honored the Folk Music Center with its Cultural Heritage Award, which honors “those embodying what sets Claremont apart beyond the architecture.”
In presenting the College with the Bess Garner award, David Shearer, executive director of Claremont Heritage, cited the College’s stewardship as well as outstanding preservation of historical buildings and landscaping. “That is something that really does not get the attention or credit that is due,” he told the Claremont Courier regarding the award.
Established in 1887, Pomona College has a rich and distinguished architectural history and has made major efforts over the years to protect its architectural gems. Major renovation projects that are most visible to the community include the:
- Academic Quad - Crookshank Hall (built 1922, last renovation 2003-04), Pearsons Hall (built 1898, last renovation 2003-04) and Mason Hall (built 1923, last renovation 2007);
- Carnegie Building - Built 1907-08, most recently renovated in 1997-98 in a project that both modernized the building and restored a number of original details;
- Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music – Built in 1915, the hall had its last major renovation in 2000-2001, which included a beautifully restored ceiling and new C.B. Fisk organ; and
- Sumner House – A Queen Anne Victorian located on College and First Street, which was moved to campus in 1901 and carefully restored in 1992. Now a College guest house, it was the home of Pomona College founder Charles Burt Sumner and his family.
Vice President and Dean Cecilia Conrad and Robert Robinson, assistant vice president of facilities and campus services, accepted the award on behalf of the College.