Hepner Hall

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Hepner Hall
Hepner Hall on the SDSU campus
Hepner Hall is located in California
Hepner Hall
Hepner Hall is located in the United States
Hepner Hall
Location5300 Campanile Dr., San Diego, California
Coordinates32°46′33″N 117°4′16″W / 32.77583°N 117.07111°W / 32.77583; -117.07111Coordinates: 32°46′33″N 117°4′16″W / 32.77583°N 117.07111°W / 32.77583; -117.07111
ArchitectHoward Spencer Hazen
Architectural styleMission/Spanish Revival
Part ofSan Diego State College (ID97000924)
Added to NRHPSeptember 4, 1997[1]

Hepner Hall, designed by the senior architectural designer of the California Division of the State Architect, Howard Spencer Hazen,[2] and completed in 1931,[3] is the iconic academic building in the center of San Diego State University (SDSU)'s campus, just north of Malcolm A. Love Library at the entrance to the Campanile Walkway and main quad.[3]

Hepner Hall is home to SDSU's School of Social Work, along with the Department of Gerontology and the University Center on Aging.[3] Several faculty offices and research centers also are housed in Hepner Hall, along with an assortment of classrooms and lecture halls.[3]

Symbol of the SDSU campus[edit]

Hepner Hall is the symbol of the campus, with its Mission Revival Style architecture, open-faced bell tower and archway.[3] It is the most photographed building on campus.[3] The tower bells are rung only once a year, during the yearly commencement ceremonies.[4]

SDSU logo and seal[edit]

SDSU's presidential seal, incorporating Hepner Hall

Hepner Hall is the centerpiece of SDSU's revised logo and presidential seal, which were unveiled in 2004.[5]


Entrance to the building is gained through the building's impressive portales, which are framed by turquoise and white tile.[3] Two massive turrets frame the Catalan-style archway, which is topped by a Mission-style bell tower (campanario).[3] Inside the archway is a ribbed Moorish-style arch vaulted ceiling with a simulated Moorish wrought iron lantern hanging from its center.[3]


One of the original buildings on the SDSU campus, originally Hepner Hall was the Arts and Letters Building. It was renamed in 1976 in honor of Walter R. Hepner, President of the university from 1935 to 1952.[4] The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Alexander D. Bevil, The Journal of San Diego History (San Diego Historical Society, publ. 1993), From Grecian Columns to Spanish Towers: The Development of San Diego State College, 1922-1953
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i San Diego State University library, SDSU Historical Buildings (accessed Nov. 15, 2008)
  4. ^ a b San Diego State University campus tour website (accessed Nov. 15, 2008)
  5. ^ "CSU Newsline press release, SDSU Debuts New University Logos; Rubio Family Provides Gift to Support First Design Upgrade in 27 Years (March 29, 2004)". Archived from the original on June 22, 2010. Retrieved November 14, 2008.

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