If you follow me on instagram, you might think I have a little obsession with the Irwin Library at Butler University. It’s true. I continue to be inspired by the building. I return to the building — and the campus — whenever I feel like I’m in a creative funk.
A little history for those interested…
Irwin Library opened in 1963. Named after William G. Irwin, a former member of the Butler University Board of Trustees and a significant benefactor to the university. Irwin Library is designed by Detroit architect Minoru Yamasaki, a world-famous architect most known for the original World Trade Center. From Butler University’s website:
The building was designed by world-famous architect Minoru Yamasaki in a unique blending of Middle Eastern, Classical Greek, Italian Gothic and Japanese influences. Slender columns of pre-cast concrete, an expanse of arched windows, an atrium open to all three stories set off by cylindrical chandeliers and a skylight above, and a fountain and pool on the main level create a unique study environment.
Interestingly enough, Irwin Library is Yamasaki’s only work in Indiana. Considering the close proximity of Detroit to Indiana, and the contemporary work of other world-renowned Modern architects in Columbus, it is a bit surprising Yamasaki didn’t complete more works in Indiana. He was born in Seattle and fellow blogger Susie Trexler has a great post on Yamasaki in Seattle.
Enjoy a few photos from the Irwin Library, one of the most photogenic spots in Indianapolis!