Prairie Mod recently posted that several Richard Neutra buildings on the Orange Coast College campus in Costa Mesa, CA are threatened with demolition. The buildings slated to be thrown down are the planetarium and the mathematics building.
According to an article in Coast Report Online, a student Web site, additional confusion concerning the future of the structures lies in whether Neutra was the actual architect. The article goes on to say that Neutra may have supervised the plans, but Neutra’s partner “Robert Alexander may have been the actual architect.”
Environmental and engineering surveys of the buildings are scheduled before the decision process can continue. Design and Desire will follow the developments.
Richard Neutra, Orange Coast College Mathematics Wing (top) and Planetarium (bottom) (c.1950). Photo credit: Joe Charles.