Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Library and Information Technology Center

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Institution Name: Trinity College (CT)
Original/Historic Place Name: Trinity College Library
Location on Campus: adjacent to Clement Chemistry Building on the east
Date(s) of Construction:
1952original construction O'Connor, Robert O'Connor & Kilham
1978construction details unknown Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
2003addition Payne, Thomas Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg
Designer: Robert B. O'Connor (O'Conner & Kilham); Cambridge Seven Associates; Thomas Payne ( Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII, Contemporary, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: stone, brick
Roof: slate, crushed rock
 
Function:
ca. 1952-present (2006)library
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (information technology center, music and sound recordings, videos and DVDs, audio-visual center, language laboratory)
 

Narrative:
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg's Library and Information Technology Center, like the Admissions and Career Services Center and the Summit Tower and Suites, reflects the College's strategic decision to heighten its reputation as a leading liberal arts college. The Library and Information Technology Center brings together all campus IT services and the library's extensive collections under one roof, including the video/DVD and sound recordings collections formerly located in separate buildings. Principal Thomas Payne's building is unrelentingly modern, but its rough-cut stone and brick facings harken back to the 19th- and earlier 20th-century campus buildings. Its most impressive space is the double-height reading room with three large windows. The 2003 addition also knits together the loose quadrangle formed by the McKim, Mead & White range, the Mather Campus Center, the Austin Arts Center, and McCook Hall.
 

References:

Knapp, Peter J., and Anne H. Knapp. Trinity College in the Twentieth Century: A History. Hartford, CT: Trinity College, 2000.

 

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