Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Swirbul Library

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Institution Name: Adelphi University
Original/Historic Place Name: Swirbul Library
Location on Campus: South Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1963original construction Neutra, Richard J.
Designer: Richard J. Neutra
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick and glass
1963-present (2006)library

Swirbul Library was designed for Adelphi University by the renowned California architect Richard J. Neutra. Its most notable feature is the magnificent circular staircase extending from the first to the second floor, which Neutra described as symbolizing "the spiraled ascent to wisdom." The 36,881 square-foot two-story building was opened to the public on August 16, 1963.


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