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Historic Development
Beginning with the Gymnasium in 1951, the campus developed rapidly in its first 15 years, mirroring the postwar building boom epitomized by the developments of Stonestown to the north and Parkmerced to the south. This period saw the construction of over a dozen campus buildings, most of which still exist, and many of which still form part of the Quad. Most were built in a mid-century modern style popular at the time, which gave the entire campus a contemporary and cohesive character. The style featured flat roofs, long horizontal groupings of windows with raised frames and eyebrow overhangs, and smooth plain wall surfaces of painted concrete or stucco.

The 1970s saw the construction of five major buildings, all in a general structural expressionist styleópopular at the timeóthat featured expressed structure, dark windows, and concrete surface paneling. After a dormant decade in the 1980s, the campus received a handful of buildings in the 1990s that varied as much in character as in size (from 1 to 17 stories). More recent projects, since 2000, have found inspiration in the campusís early style, and have employed some of the features that initially gave the campus a distinctive character.

Image graph showing historical development of architecture
Image graph showing historical development of architecture
Image graph showing historical development of architecture


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