In its renovation of nearby Richmond Hall, a student dormitory that fronts the quadrangle, Glave reoriented the building to better address the heart of the campus. Similarly, in converting and enlarging a former chapel and classroom building for use as a new library, the architect placed the impressive building at the head of the quadrangle. Now a great tower entrance conducts an architectural conversation with the picturesque clock tower atop Watts Chapel at the opposite end of the campus. The building makes a strong case that historical styles (in this case Tudor) can be updated effectively for modern use. The interior atrium has soaring Gothic arches that lead the eye to a vaulted glass ceiling.
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