Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Magnus Wahlstrom Library

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Institution Name: University of Bridgeport
Original/Historic Place Name: Magnus Wahlstrom Library
Location on Campus: 126 Park Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1974original construction Orr, Douglas
Designer: Douglas Orr
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1974-present (2006)library
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration

Built in 1974, Magnus Wahlstrom Library is an imposing eight-story structure situated on Park Avenue just a short block from the Arch at Seaside Park. The upper floors of the library offer magnificent views of Seaside Park, Long Island Sound, and downtown Bridgeport. The funding and construction of the Magnus Wahlstrom Library was undertaken as part of a three-phase planning and fundraising program that also produced two residence halls and the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center. Wahlstrom Library was opened during the height of enrollment at the University. It has continually played a central role in campus identity and Bridgeport South End identity.

The Library has been in use continually. Significant resources have been devoted to upgrading the HVAC system in recent years. Elevators are in need of repair and upgrade.


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