Thompson Library; OSU Campus, Columbus

Thompson Library; OSU Campus, Columbus

Photo: Civic Arts Project
Photo: Civic Arts Project
Basics: 
Latitude: 39.99924062329455
Longitude: -83.01484107971191
District: Ohio State University
City: Columbus
State: Ohio
Country: USA
Building Use: Academic Buildings
Building Type: Library
Style (Original): Second Italian Renaissance Revival
Architect (Original): Allen and Collins
Renovation Design Architect: Gund Partnership
Renovation Associate Architect: Acock Associates Architects
Features: Limestone Facade
Curtain Wall
Year Completed (Original): 1912
Year Completed (Renovation): 2009

The hulking focal point of Ohio State’s central green, ‘The Oval’, the Thompson Library is a breathtaking blend of 20th and 21st Century design.

Key Details:

The original building was constructed to house the growing University’s significant library under one roof.  It has experienced much change over its 100 year life span including  three major additions and the demolition of the second addition as part of the third addition project.

The library is named after William Oxley Thompson, the fifth president of the University.   He served as President for 26 years, during which the University experienced much growth and significantly increased its academic standing.

Links:

http://herrick.knowlton.ohio-state.edu/building/thompson-memorial-library

http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/2011/library-awards/william-oxley-thompson-library/index.htm

Photo: Civic Arts Project
Photo: Civic Arts Project
Photo: Civic Arts Project
Photo: Civic Arts Project

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