Zumberge Hall of Science

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Zumberge Hall of Science
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Zumberge Hall of Science
General information
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
Town or cityLos Angeles, CA
CountryUnited States
Coordinates34°01′09″N 118°17′11″W / 34.019159°N 118.286405°W / 34.019159; -118.286405
Elevation63 m
Technical details
Design and construction
Architecture firmJohn and Donald Parkinson

The Zumberge Hall of Science, commonly known simply as ZHS, is one of the original buildings of the University of Southern California's University Park Campus, completed in 1928 [1] as well as one of the largest.

Science Hall[edit]

Originally known as "Science Hall"[2] it was renamed in 2003 to honor the passing of former USC president and professor of geology, James Zumberge. Today, ZHS is home to USC's department of Earth Sciences as well as the Southern California Earthquake Center.


The building was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by the architects John and Donald Parkinson,[3] they are the father-and-son architectural team that also designed the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Los Angeles City Hall. Romanesque detailing includes cast stone pendants below the roofline and cast-stone gargoyles at the building's corners.

In the building's arcade is a mural depicting four youths in scientific contemplation, a Masters in Fine Arts project by Jean Goodwin Ames under the direction of Glen Lukens in 1937. Ames is notable for many murals she created with her husband for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) during the Great Depression.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2012.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2012-12-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "IV. Environmental Impact Analysis : C. Cultural Resources" (PDF). Plaaning.lacity.org. Retrieved 13 July 2018.