Thursday, October 30, 2008

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University

"... Located in New Havem, Connecticut. Believed to be the largest building in the world entirely devoted to this purpose. The building of marble and granite is an architectural "conversation piece".
The building, of Vermont marble and granite, bronze and glass, was designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; the George A. Fuller Construction Company was the general contractor. Work began on the building in 1960 and was completed in 1963. The white, gray-veined marble panes of the exterior are one and one-quarter inches thick and are framed by shaped light gray Vermont Woodbury granite. These marble panels filter light so that rare materials can be displayed without damage. From the exterior, however, the building's powerful stone geometry serves to dominate the space it occupies in Hewitt University Quadrangle, amidst neo-Classical and neo-Gothic neighbors. [SOURCE] [LIB1884]

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