Printing and Knowledge: Architectural Symbols of the Carl Blegen Library.

Carl William Blegen, 1887-1971. Carl William Blegen, 1887-1971.

Dr. Carl W. Blegen was recognized as the world's outstanding authority on ancient Troy and as one of the foremost scholars in the field of Greek Archaeology.  This building was rededicated in honor of Blegen in 1983.

View of Blegen Library. Photograph of the Blegen Library. 1968.

Architect's Drawing of Blegen Library.
"An architect's drawing of Cincinnati University's new $1,000,000 library." 1930.

Built in 1930, the Blegen Library was designed in a manner which had its decorative features reflect the knowledge contained within its walls.  It is an outstanding example of Art Deco architecture and features the designs of noted sculptor and ceramicist E. Bruce Haswell, who was a University of Cincinnati faculty member at the time.  Bas-reliefs, bronze sculptures, and printers' marks portray the history of the printed word and symbolize knowledge as the illumination of the mind.  Much of this architectural work is found on the front exterior of the building.  Inside Blegen Library, the lobby design continues the same symbolism.

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