Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Cowles Library

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Institution Name: Drake University
Original/Historic Place Name: Cowles Library
Location on Campus: central campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1937original construction Proudfoot, Rawson & Brooks-Borg
Designer: Proudfoot, Rawson & Brooks-Borg
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick veneer and concrete
Roof: slate roof
1937-present (2006)library

Commissioned by Drake University in 1937, Cowles Library was designed by the team of architects Proudfoot, Rawson, and Brooks-Borg. It is located at the heart of campus and replaced the Carnegie library, once Drake's main library and now home to the Drake University Law Library. Constructed of brick veneer and concrete, Cowles Library functions today as the main university library and offices.


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