Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Ryland Hall

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Institution Name: University of Richmond
Original/Historic Place Name: Ryland Hall
Location on Campus: 2 Ryland Circle
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1912-1914original construction Cram, Ralph Adams
1973modernization Unknown
1989-1990modernization "reversed" Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: masonry (brick and limestone)
Roof: slate
ca. 1914other (offices)
ca. 1914library
ca. 1914administration
ca. 1914classrooms
ca. 1914old main
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (English and history)

Significance: architecture
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Ryland Hall was the central building in Ralph Adams Cram's plan for the university. It accommodated the main elements of the academic program, remaining substantially unchanged until 1973 when it was somewhat modernized. These changes were reversed in a comprehensive restoration in 1989/1990. Today, the building is remarkable for the way it accommodates a contemporary educational program in a historic, inspirational setting.

The building typifies Cram's vision for education in a Gothic setting. He accomplished this using a southeastern regional variant of his collegiate Gothic vocabulary. In particular, he executed this building (and others) utilizing the strong southeastern brick building tradition rather than the random ashlar (stone) vocabulary he employed at the U.S. Military Academy, Princeton and elsewhere.

Today, the building remains a prominent feature of the principal academic quadrangle, serving long and well in its important academic role.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Other: Boston Public Library

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