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Creation Date

6-6-2007

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Gettysburg College Musselman Library 5. Designed by Hugh Newell Jacobsen (b. 1929) of Washington D.C., Musselman Library was completed in 1981 at a cost of more than $4,500,000. It consists of five stories, the fifth of which, as well as the mechanical equipment to operate the building, are hidden within the large hipped roof. It can house over 42,000 bound volumes and microforms, together with a variety of new technologies introduced since the building's completion. Accommodations for individual and group study are scattered throughout the building. Its name honors the Musselman Foundation, which provided the major gift for its construction.
Musselman Library is a distinctive piece of contemporary architecture, which Jacobsen termed abstract Romanesque. Though designed to stand near the Romanesque revival Glatfelter Hall as a companion piece, it was built at a site where its relationship to the older building is less apparent. Indeed, to accommodate the change in the site, the building had to become a mirror image of its original design. In massing and color it resembles Glatfelter Hall, though it is clearly a structure of the late 20th century with its massive sculptural shapes planted firmly on the ground.

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39.8363889, -77.2338889

Keywords

Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida --Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; College campuses; College buildings; Historic buildings; College library; Musselman Library; Gettysburg College; Adams County

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