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Genesis of the Salk InstituteThe Epic of Its Founders$
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Suzanne Bourgeois

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276079

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276079.001.0001

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Our Dear Kahn Building

Our Dear Kahn Building

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(p.107) Chapter 8 Our Dear Kahn Building
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Genesis of the Salk Institute
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Suzanne Bourgeois

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276079.003.0008

Salk visited Kahn because the architect had given a lecture in Pittsburgh about the Richards Laboratory Building. Construction started in La Jolla in 1962, in spite of a severe financial crisis. The NFIP–March of Dimes was bankrupt, and fundraising failed. Kahn and Salk conceived a community of scholars with residences and a meetinghouse, but only the laboratory building was ever built. Fifty years ago, in 1963, while construction funds were still not in sight, the fellows agreed to start operations in barracks. In 1966, construction stopped, for lack of funds, and the fellows moved into an unfinished laboratory building. This building’s most remarkable features are its flexibility—accomplished by interstitial spaces—and its iconic courtyard, facing the ocean above the Torrey Pines Glider Port.

Keywords:   Richards Building, financial crisis, fifty years ago, interstitial spaces, Torrey Pines Glider Port

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