Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Stevenson Library

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Institution Name: Bard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hoffman Library
Location on Campus: on a small knoll at the northern end of the main campus road on the west side.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1893-1895original construction; Hoffman Library Unknown
1976addition of Kellogg wing Unknown
1993original construction; Stevenson Library Venturi, Robert
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone (Hoffman/Kellogg); concrete (Stevenson)
Walls: brick
Roof: metal (Hoffman/Kellogg); unspecified (Stevenson)
1893-present (2007)library

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterHudson River Historic District (1990)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Bard College library is composed of the classical Hoffman building (based on an Ionic temple with pediments facing east and west); the Kellogg wing; and the new main library building, the Stevenson. The earliest of them, the Hoffman, was built through a gift by the college's most generous 19th-century patron. The architect of the Stevenson Library was Robert Venturi.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Hudson River Historic District [including Bard College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices
Other: Hudson River Heritage office, Rhinebeck, NY

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