Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Hauser Library

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library
Location on Campus: Central
Date(s) of Construction:
1930original construction Belluschi, Pietro
1963expansion
1989expansion
2002expansion
Designer: Pietro Belluschi (after A. E. Doyle's death in 1928)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Contemporary, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
 
Function:
ca. 1930-present (2006)library
 

Narrative:
The Hauser Library, completed in 1930, represented the last building completed by Reed College in the original Tudor Gothic style. The preceding buildings were Eliot Hall and the Dormitory Building. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi following A.E. Doyle's death in 1928. Both architects were with the same firm.

The building is in excellent condition and continues to function as the center of the current library, which was much expanded in 1963, 1989, and 2002. The latest two expansions added features that incorporated the original Gothic grotesques and feel with a Modern Academic Gothic style while retaining the building's orientation facing Eliot Hall and the lawn expanse.
 

References:

Ritz, Richard E. A History of the Reed College Campus and Its Buildings. Portland, OR: Trustees of the Reed Institute, 1990.

 

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