Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Dinand Library

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Institution Name: College of the Holy Cross
Original/Historic Place Name: Dinand Library
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1927original construction Maginnis, Charles D. Maginnis & Walsh
1979addition of wings Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
1927-present (2007)library (priciple library holdings are 1/2 million +)

Landmark designation:
National RegisterHoly Cross College (1980)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Dinand Library was dedicated in 1927. It was named for Bishop Joseph N. Dinand, S.J., president of Holy Cross from 1911-1918 and 1924-1927. The library wings were added in 1979 and honor the memory of Joshua and Leah Hiatt and all the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

The Library has a commanding presence on campus. Located on a gently rising slope, wide sweeping granite steps lead up to a classical facade on Indian limestone with brick laid in Flemish bond. A colonnade of eight Ionic shafts supports an entablature whose frieze carries the legend: Ut Cognoscant Te Solum Deum Verum Et Quem Misisti Jesum Christum. The inscription translates, "That they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (John 17.3)

I. Bibliographic sources:

Holy Cross College [College of the Holy Cross]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library
Government Offices

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