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On Display in the Library

Second Floor
Glass Cases

"Bright addition": O'Hare as exemplar of Modern campus architecture

Exhibit by Nicole Nietzel '11 featuring photographs from the University Archives and James L. Yarnall

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O'Hare Academic Center, built in 1967 when Salve was celebrating its 20th anniversary, incorporates many typical features of Modern architecture. As a major new building on a small campus, O'Hare was designed to be functional while enhancing the aesthetics of the neighborhood. The architects added visual interest to the building through form and volume rather than through applied decoration. Over time, changes and additions to the building have detracted from its core design features, such as the spiraling center staircase.

This exhibit, installed in the library's second floor display cases in May 2011, explains the history and architectural value of Salve's Modern gem.

The Special Collections are now located on the garden level of McKillop Library in Room 023. For access to the materials, please contact Maria Bernier, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, at 401-341-2276 or