Barret Library Recognized With 2007 Palladio Design Award

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Publication Date: 2/27/2007


Two architectural firms responsible for the design of Rhodes’ Barret Library have been honored with a 2007 Palladio Award for outstanding achievement in traditional design. They are Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company of Norfolk, Va., lead architect for the Barret Library and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott of Boston, Mass., consulting architects. In its sixth year, the Palladio Awards program is co-produced by Period Homes and Traditional Building magazines and will hold its presentation ceremony March 7 at the Traditional Building conference in Boston. 

The Paul Barret, Jr. Library is being recognized in the “New Design & Construction More Than 30,000 sq.ft. Category” and will be featured in a presentation at the conference as well as in a future issue of Traditional Building. “The award is a reflection of the college′s commitment to excellence,” says Jane Cady Wright, CEO and President of Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company.

At 136,000 square feet, the Barret Library aligns the geographic and intellectual hearts of the Rhodes campus and pays homage to the school’s tradition of Collegiate Gothic architecture. Among its exterior architectural details are Gothic limestone arches, a cloister, two towers, slate and copper roofing, an apse with a copper dome, and stained glass windows within limestone window surrounds. Inside the start-of-the-art facility, with its advanced technology and telecommunications capability and collaborative work spaces, are elaborate columns, railings, moldings, chandeliers and sconces.

The Paul Barret, Jr. Library opened August 2005.  The jury for the 2007 Palladio Awards included:

• Anne Fairfax, Partner, Fairfax & Sammons Architects and Chairman, The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America
• Michael Lykoudis, Dean, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture
• Raymond Pepi, President, Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
• Rob Robinson, Managing Principal, Urban Design Associates
• Thomas Gordon Smith, Professor of Architecture, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and Architectural Fellow, U.S. General Services Administration.