Mudd Hall Seismic Repair and Improvements, USC

Mudd Hall of Philosophy, designed by Ralph C. Flewelling in 1929 with its landmark tower and cloister, suffered damage from the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Working with contractors, engineers and a materials conservator, we prepared repair strategies to minimize impact on existing structure while matching and replacing missing decorative features. We coordinated repairs that included replacing damaged tower finials in lightweight cast material, patching, and repointing brick and low cast stone walls and masonry cleaning, with SHPO and FEMA historic review. We also guided installation of central mechanical system and various tenant improvements, utilizing original drawings to find concealed routes for services and providing offices that take advantage of the high ceiling spaces and large windows. The work allows the historic building to continue to effectively serve the needs of the University and the Department of Philosophy.