In January Interstate Hotels and Resorts flew me out to Los Angeles to do some work for them. It was a whirlwind trip, photographing four properties over five days + a personal side trip to San Diego, with my friend Jen, to see the Geisel Library and the Salk Institute.

These are my personal photos from the Geisel Library + the Salk Institute, in San Diego. If you'd like to see my client photographs I took for Interstate, they're located here. And if you'd like to see the rest of the photos from this trip you can find them using the links below:

Geisel Library, UCSD

Both the Geisel Library and the Salk Institute had been on my travel photography wishlist for as long as I could remember so I was all about it when Jen suggested we tack on two days to our trip in order to make the drive down to La Jolla to see both.


According to Wikipedia:

Geisel Library is the main library building of the University of California San Diego Library. It is named in honor of Audrey and Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The building's distinctive Brutalist architecture has resulted in its being featured in the UC San Diego logo and becoming the most recognizable building on campus.
The library was designed by William Pereira and opened in 1970 as the Central Library. It was renovated in 1993 and rededicated as the University Library Building, and renamed Geisel Library in 1995.

If you're a real history nerd here is the original report by Pereira from the UCSD archives.

Jen and I spent several hours watching and photographing the building. Because of its unadorned gray concrete and reflective glass the building changed personality and tonality several times over the afternoon and through sunset. I was smitten, to say the least.

Salk Institute

You might recognize the Salk Institute from Instagram. The hashtag #salkinstitute has been used over 14,895 times. My heart swelled up so big while roaming around the travertine, concrete, and teak structure. Honestly, if the whole world could look like this I'd be thrilled.


From Wikipedia:

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an independent, non-profit, scientific research institute located in La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States. It was founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine...

The campus was designed by Louis Kahn. Salk had sought to make a beautiful campus in order to draw the best researchers in the world. Salk and Kahn—having both descended from Russian Jewish parents that had immigrated to the United States—had a deeper connection than just mere partners on an architectural project. The results of their connection is seen in the design that resulted from their collaboration. The original buildings of the Salk Institute were designated as a historical landmark in 1991. The entire 27-acre (11 ha) site was deemed eligible by the California Historical Resources Commission in 2006 for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The iconic central courtyard, facing the Pacific.