Lipscomb Library and Main Hall lobby are now more user-friendly and comfortable for students, faculty, and staff thanks to two recently completed renovation projects.
The first phase of the renovation to the fourth floor of Lipscomb Library was designed to encourage student collaboration as well as to provide space for individual study. Technology upgrades now allow document sharing and laptop computer access. In the traditional reading area, new furniture and lamps enhance the space.
Special care was taken to restore architectural details in the room.
“The two rooms are the most beautiful rooms in the library, but they were painted a color that didn’t accentuate their detail,” said Ted Hostetler, the library’s director. “Part of the renovation was to use strong colors to bring out those architectural details.”
This renovation was made possible by an annuity fund established by Florence Ridley in honor of 19 women from the Class of ’44 who forged a lasting friendship.
The Parents Fund also helped provide furnishings in the periodical room. The result was an impressive makeover that highlights the architectural design while providing students with state-of-the-art technology.
“With the resources we had from Miss Ridley, we did everything we could to stretch those dollars but also have a quality project for improving the library,” said Chris Burnley, vice president for finance and administration. “It’s pretty spectacular.”
A committee will meet soon to discuss the next phase of the renovation to the remainder of the fourth floor.
Main Hall lobby was also recently renovated after a committee of alumnae, trustees, and administrators met to plan and then implement the first update since 1999. Four new sofas were added, furniture was recovered, and the walls were painted a warm yellow with crisp white woodwork.
“Main Hall lobby is an architectural gem and is now even more enhanced by the new fresh look from this recent renovation,” said Frances Jones Giles ’65, who served on the committee.