Ella Strong Denison Library
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Denison Library, constructed in 1931, was the second academic building to be completed on campus. As noted in the Guide to the Campus, Kaufmann carried out "Mrs. Denison's wish that the building be cruciform in shape like a Spanish renaissance chapel, which she had often visited in Spain. The large stained glass window in the main reading room, around which Mrs. Denison planned the building, is called the Gutenberg window. Designed and executed by Nicola D'Ascenzo of Philadelphia, this window with its Chartres blues, rich golds, and reds carries as its theme the 'Evolution of the Book,' with Johann Gutenberg the dominating figure. The 21 stained glass windows on the balcony and lower floor of the literature room (north transept) were presented by Mrs. Denison in 1939. Each bears the design of the mark of an early printer."
"The Northern, or Valencia Court of the library has a stone fountain of the second or third century A.D. that once adorned the court of some Roman patrician's villa.
Above this fountain and set in the wall is a leopard head of black Nubian marble. The Southern, or Sicilian Court has in the center a stone wellhead from the Island of Sicily. It bears the inscription Servedo seaquista and the date 1575" (Bruce Coats and Judy Harvey Sahak, Guide to the Scripps College Campus [Claremont, CA: Scripps College, 2002]). This stone wellhead was moved to Valencia Court in 1985.
Denison Library was named in honor of the philanthropist from La Jolla and Denver.
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