Occidental College, Remson-Bird House

Los Angeles, California

Prospective students visiting Occidental College are welcomed by the Remson-Bird House, the former president’s home, built in 1921. Designed by original campus architect Myron Hunt, this stately building was renovated in 1997 for the Office of Admissions. Rooms were reshaped, walls removed and added to reorganize the 5,700-square-foot building into new office space. ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$67.00FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYAdministrative Areas/Offices requirements included a reception area, conference room, library, offices for the dean and admissions staff, restrooms, workrooms and storage.

Great care was taken to incorporate all changes into the original architectural style of the house. New thermal insulation and state-of-the-art electrical systems, lighting, HVAC systems and media cabling for Internet and campus computer systems all are concealed in the walls, attic or under floors.

The woodwork painted white and distinctive color was applied to the walls to highlight classical detail. Original hardwood floors were refinished in dark tones with harmonizing carpet in office areas. New energy-efficient compact fluorescent lighting is a mixture of recessed downlights and bright decorative fixtures. Furniture was chosen to complement the design.

Photographer: ©Christine Mutschenbacher