Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Hauser Library

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library
Location on Campus: Central
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1930original construction Belluschi, Pietro
1963expansion Unknown
1989expansion Unknown
2002expansion Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
 
    Function:
ca. 1930-present (2007)library

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
none
Narrative: see below
References: see below
 

Narrative:
The Hauser Library, completed in 1930, represented the last building completed by Reed College in the original Tudor Gothic style. The preceding buildings were Eliot Hall and the Dormitory Building. The building was designed by Pietro Belluschi following A.E. Doyle's death in 1928. Both architects were with the same firm.

The building is in excellent condition and continues to function as the center of the current library, which was much expanded in 1963, 1989, and 2002. The latest two expansions added features that incorporated the original Gothic grotesques and feel with a Modern Academic Gothic style while retaining the building's orientation facing Eliot Hall and the lawn expanse.
 

References:
I. Bibliographic sources:

Ritz, Richard E. A History of the Reed College Campus and Its Buildings. Portland, OR: Trustees of the Reed Institute, 1990.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
 

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