Many supporters have visited the Institute over the last ten years at our home at USC University Religious Center building. Better known as the the site of the “Fish bowl,” USC’s Religious Center dates back to 1965. Designed by Killingsworth, Brady & Associates, a firm known for its work on three case study homes, the building’s distinctive post-and-beam structure is an example of midcentury modern and international styles. In addition to having served as the the location of the Institute offices, the URC building is also the headquarters for the USC Office of Religious Life.
Early this summer, the university cleared the URC building in order to make some essential seismic upgrades, and the Institute moved into temporary quarters in the United University Church just next door. Initially, we had planned to move back into the URC when the construction upgrades were concluded, but when USC Dornsife College found the Institute a much larger office suite (to accommodate our growing staff) it turned out to be an offer we couldn’t refuse!
Beginning with the Fall semester, the Institute will be located on the third floor of the Grace Ford Salvatori Hall at 3601 Watt Way in the center of campus at USC. The building, named for philanthropist and USC supporter Grace Ford Salvatori, wife of Henry Salvatori, a noted American geophysicist, businessman, philanthropist, and political activist, was designed by the architectural firm Grillias, Pirc, Rosier, Alves, and completed and formally dedicated in 1980.
“We are very pleased with our new home,” says Fr. James Heft, the Institute’s founder and president. “As our staff grew, it became apparent that we needed a little more space than was available at the URC. While we’ll miss our wonderful neighbors at the Office of Religious Life, we’re thrilled that Dornsife College was able to find us such great accommodations.”