Julian A. McPhee University Union (Bldg 065)

Completion Date: 1968

Square Feet: 111,676

Architect: Joseph Esherick & Associates

Construction System: Concrete frame, concrete and masonry exterior

Construction Cost: $3,391,382

Architectural Style: Post-Modern, Brutalism

Cal Poly President: Robert E. Kennedy (1967-1978)

Although the word Brutalism comes from the French word for rough concrete (beton brut), a sense of brutality is also suggested by this style. Brutalist structures are heavy and unrefined with coarsely molded surfaces, usually exposed concrete. Their highly sculptural shapes tend to be crude and blocky, often colliding with one another.

Building named for Julian A. McPhee, former Chief of the California Bureau of Agricultural Education, Cal Poly president 1933 – 1966.



URL: http://digitalcommons.calpoly.edu/fpcp_mp/54