USC Mudd Hall


Los Angeles, CA


University of Southern California


Frank R. Webb Architects

Construction Manager / Owner's Rep

Swinerton Management & Consulting

Seeley Mudd Memorial Hall of Philosophy is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings on the USC campus. Built in 1929, this Romanesque structure features a cloistered courtyard, a 146-foot campanile, and the double-height library, as well as dramatic spaces filled with elaborate carvings and decorative surfaces.

The Northridge earthquake had damaged the building, prompting USC to launch a straightforward seismic repair and upgrade. Yet the vast amount of intricate detail – coupled with the complexity of the building, with numerous wall openings and various elevations – posed an enormous challenge.

MATT Construction’s scope was strictly limited to voluntary structural seismic upgrades and associated removals to access areas for seismic reinforcement including partial removal and reinstallation of building systems. Historic plaster finishes and murals were removed intact and reinstalled after upgrades.

The project won the 2004 LA Conservancy Preservation Award.