Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Stevenson Library

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Institution Name: Bard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hoffman Library
Location on Campus: on a small knoll at the northern end of the main campus road on the west side.
Date(s) of Construction:
1893-1895original construction; Hoffman Library
1976addition of Kellogg wing
1993original construction; Stevenson Library Venturi, Robert
Designer: Robert Venturi
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Contemporary, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: Hoffman/Kellogg: stone; Stevenson: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: Hoffman/Kellogg: metal; Stevenson: flat
1893-present (2006)library

The Bard College library is composed of the classical Hoffman building (based on an Ionic temple with pediments facing east and west); the Kellogg wing; and the new main library building, the Stevenson. The earliest of them, the Hoffman, was built through a gift by the college's most generous 19th-century patron. The architect of the Stevenson Library was Robert Venturi.


Hudson River Historic District [including Bard College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.


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