Walter F. Dexter Building (Bldg 034)

Completion Date: 1948

Square Feet: 37,378

Architect: Office of State Architect

Construction System: Concrete frame and exterior, tile roof

Construction Cost: $13,522,841

Architectural Style: Mission Revival

Cal Poly President: Julian A. McPhee (1933-1966)

California was the birthplace of the Mission Revival style, popular from the 1890s to the 1920s. The style was employed extensively throughout the western United States due in large part to the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific Railroads adopting this style for their stations.

Dexter helped Cal Poly’s president Julian McPhee to get approval and state funding for the new library building, completed in September 1948 and officially named the Walter F. Dexter Memorial Library



URL: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/fpcp_mp/36