Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Beeghly Library

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Institution Name: Heidelberg College
Original/Historic Place Name: Beeghly Library
Location on Campus: 10 Greenfield St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1967original construction Bauer, Orville for Richards, Bauer & Moorhead
Designer: Orville Bauer for Richards, Bauer & Moorhead (Toledo, OH)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/pre-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: concrete, steel, glass
Roof: rubberized mat and Plexiglas dome
1967-present (2006)library

Built in 1967, the circular shape of the three story, open stacks Beeghly Library makes it a distinct presence on Heidelberg's campus and in Tiffin. The library was named to honor a gift from Leon A. Beeghly, an alumnus. On October 5, 1967, Heidelberg students formed a "book line" which moved the campus volumes from the existing library (now Pfleiderer Hall) across the lawn to the new library, which was dedicated later that month.

Designed by Orville Bauer of the Toledo firm Richards, Bauer & Moorhead, Beeghly's color blends with the earlier grey stone buildings built in the early 20th Century. Architecturally, however, Beeghly reflects the radical, modern designs of the 1960s. Today, the 40,000 sq.ft. library surpasses the 200,000 volume holding anticipated in its design. Library collections include the unique Bessie Collection of Letters and the Pohlable Collection of books on ballet and the circus. Presently, the library contains many examples of the original modern furniture, and the interior is unchanged from its original design.

The library is located opposite College Hall at the intersection of Greenfield and Market Streets and is a major visual landmark on Heidelberg's campus. It has been described as the "intellectual and geographical heart of the campus" (1977-1979 College Catalog, 8).


Harner, Philip B. Heidelberg College: In Service and Faith 1950-2000. Tiffin, OH: Heidelberg College, 2000.


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