Glendale Community College Buildings – Glendale CA


Several of the Community College (formerly Junior College) main buildings were designed and built by the PWA.

“Construction of the new campus ran a little over budget and a bit behind schedule, which wasn’t bad since planning for these federally-subsidized Depression-era projects tended to be wildly optimistic. The proposed $355,000 price tag grew to $398,000, with the extra costs being split between the federal government and the school district.

While some of the federal money paid for outside contractors, much of the federally-subsidized help consisted of laborers from the county relief rolls. Among other things, these workers built retaining walls, excavated the athletic fields, graded the lawns, cleared brush, planted shrubbery, installed sprinklers and built a sidewalk in front of the college.73

Although the campus had been originally projected to open Feb. 1, 1937, the granite cornerstone wasn’t laid until April 7. Behind the cornerstone was a copper box into which were placed copies of newspapers with articles about the bond election, the day’s program, student publications and other papers.” (

Source notes

Connolly, Donald H. and G. I. Farman. Report of Accomplishment of the Operations Division. Works Progress Administration, Southern California. January 1, 1939.
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1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208

Location notes:
Formerly called "Glendale Junior College"

Coordinates: 34.168262, -118.228860

One comment on “Glendale Community College Buildings – Glendale CA

  1. Greg Dahlen

    The auditorium at GCC has a tower. Anyone know what it’s for?

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