Breslin Architects received an “Excellence in Architecture” award for this project from the American Institute of Architects.
The new library replaces an existing library at the same location. The client requested that the structural system of the original library be preserved. Despite the limitations presented by this prerequisite, the Architect skillfully expanded and recreated a new brick and limestone library which enhances and unifies the campus as a whole. The library’s main facade, with three classically detailed gables, completes one side of the academic quadrangle. The stately entrance tower serves as a focal point for the whole campus and houses a prestigious oak-paneled meeting room. A grand bow window graces the east end of the library. Inside, the two-story reading room takes advantage of natural light and views provided by the tall windows.