450 N. College Way
On the Pomona College campus, east of College Avenue at the corner of Fourth St. and College Way
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The Mabel Shaw Bridges Music Auditorium is the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Appleton Shaw Bridges as a memorial to their daughter, who died in 1907 at the age of 22 while a student at Pomona College.
The auditorium was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson. Conceptually, it is as a free adaptation of Northern Italian Renaissance architecture. Johnson toured the leading concert houses of Europe before drawing his plans. Its great white columns, vaulting arches and massive wooden doors provide an imposing entrance. The foyer is grand but warm with soft lights, hand-painted coffered ceiling and Carrara marble columns.
The building he created was widely regarded as the finest hall in Southern California, and quickly became one of the area's major cultural assets. The Southern California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented a Certificate of Honor to the colleges in 1933 for the "exceptional merit" of the building.
Bridges Auditorium continues to be one of Southern California's premier college venues for the best in music, theatre, and performing arts.