Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study

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Institution Name: College of Wooster
Original/Historic Place Name: Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study, attached to Andrews Library
Location on Campus: 1140 Beall Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1995original construction Perry Dean Rogers Partners
Designer: Perry Dean Rogers Partners (Boston)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: limestone
Roof: copper
 
Function:
ca. 1995-present (2006)library
ca. 1995-present (2006)administration (financial aid and registrar offices are located on the ground floor)
 

Narrative:
The Flo K. Gault Library for Independent Study (1995) is named for Flo Kurtz Gault, '48, whose husband, Stanley C. Gault '48, contributed the principal gift to the building in her honor. Completed in 1995, the 32,000 square foot structure is connected to Andrews Library and serves as a focus for Wooster's commitment to the Independent Study program. Independent Study, or I.S. as it is known to students, faculty, and a half-century's worth of alumni, is the cornerstone of a Wooster education. Each Wooster senior creates an original research project, written work, performance, or exhibit or artwork while supported one-on-one by a faculty mentor. Wooster is one of a handful of colleges to require every student, not just those in an honors program, to complete a year-long senior capstone project like I.S. Each of the 280 I.S. carrels in the Gault Library is equipped with network connections enabling the users to access the College's database and other networks worldwide. Enhanced spaces for Audiovisual materials and services and Bibliographic Instruction provide media support for the entire campus. The offices of Financial Aid and the Registrar are located on the ground level of the building (From the College of Wooster Catalogue).
 

References:

Crosbie, Michael J. Generating Context: The Practice of Perry Dean Rogers/Partners Architects. Basel and Boston: Birkhauser, 2001.

 

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