Olin Hall of Science
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In February 1959, the Olin Foundation announced a donation of $1.51 million to Carleton for a new science hall. Groundbreaking was held in May 1960, and the facility opened its doors in October 1961. Olin is one of five campus buildings designed by Minoru Yamasaki. The three-story red brick building is distinguished by an exterior arcaded screen of white, pre-cast concrete. At the dedication of the building in November 1961, Yamasaki remarked, "When you have academic standards and ideals as high as Carleton's, it is terribly difficult to try to meet them in a building--but it's been great fun trying."
With the onset of the new development campaign, the trustees of Carleton College decided that a new campus master plan was needed and determined to look further afield for an architect. Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) visited the campus in November 1958 and was subsequently chosen by the committee headed by trustee John H. Myers. Yamasaki was charged with designing a master plan for the Carleton campus to incorporate planned new buildings in harmony with the existing structures as well as designing each new building to meet specific educational needs. He was also to plan landscaping for both existing and new buildings. At the time of his appointment, Yamasaki proclaimed "I believe that there is enough unity in the present plan of Carleton buildings that we should not have great problems. Carleton has a lovely site. We hope we can maintain its beauty and, if possible, improve somewhat on it."
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