Fresno City College Old Administration Building

Fresno, CA | historic | community/education

The rehabilitation of the Old Administration Building (OAB) returns to life an important visual and cultural icon, one that many residents of the community remember from their school days.

A historic image of the Fresno City College Old Administration Building

Designed by California State Architect George MacDougall and built in 1916, OAB was the first permanent structure on the Fresno State Normal School Campus and later Fresno City College, California’s first community college. In 1974, OAB was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it closed only two years later due to new seismic regulations. The renovation brought the facility back to its original glory, hiding virtually all structural work behind original or replicated interior finishes. The hand-crafted Roman brick was cleaned and original materials, such as the clay roof tiles, decorative wood eaves, and wood windows, were restored. ELS also refurbished the interiors, keeping the original layout in more than 90% of the structure. As a result of the renovation, Fresno City College has been able to expand academic courses, performing arts education, and student services, revitalizing the heart of the campus.


SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence in Architecture Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award

AIA California Council Merit Award

AIA San Francisco Merit Award

AIA East Bay Merit Award

California Preservation Foundation Design Award

California Community College Facility Coalition Award of Excellence

Project Stats
  • Client

    State Center Community College District

  • Size

    110,000 sf


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