The rounded apse and great high slate roof recalls the nearby former chapel (AD10.2) and perhaps something of Frank Furness's library at the University of Pennsylvania (PH147.3), but the Victorian expression of separate purposes is lost here. The building suffers from a lack of connection between the masonry masses of the exterior and the drop-ceilinged provisional character of the interior. Opposite the library is the handsome red brick and limestone-trimmed Eddie Plank Gymnasium (1926), named for the Gettysburg Academy student and Hall of Fame pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics who died in the same year. The new gymnasium and contemporary classroom buildings marked the shift away from Victorian styles toward the Colonial Revival that was initiated by George C. Baum, another graduate of the college, who studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.
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