|This was taken
in 1977 just after completion.† I want
to come back briefly to the controversy surrounding this addition.† For the campus community, two things
|First, the bay
window was covered up.† Over the years,
that window had become an icon and it was gone.† That resentment is still apparent
today.† Itís no coincidence that the
Humanities building has that apse facing Norlin.† The design for our science library included
a huge bay window overlooking a quad.†
And that resonated very deeply with the campus.† Itís thirty years later and the campus
still regrets covering that window.
faÁade doesnít relate to the surrounding buildings or to the character of the
1939 building.† Itís an imposing
entrance in a cluster of very warm and fuzzy buildings.
|†I feel for Ellsworth Mason.† He was Director of Libraries during this
addition and would have had to struggle with some tough choices.† There was clearly no place else to
build.† But the campus needed a modern
library.† He would have had to explain
to the campus why the bay window was being covered.