Brown University: An Architectural Tour (The Campus Guide) is a new and noteworthy book about the history of our campus. The Brown University Library and its Library Advisory Council are holding a book talk on Friday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m. in the first floor presentation space of Rhode Island Hall on the Main Green. The talk will feature the author, Raymond P. Rhinehart ’62, and the photographer, Walter Smalling, Jr. They will discuss the process of collecting the images and the stories behind the buildings, as well as the vast array of architectural styles on Brown’s campus.
The book is divided into nine campus walks that bring together the images of the buildings with information about their history and architectural significance. President Christina Paxson wrote the foreword for the book, while Professor of the History of Art and Architecture Dietrich Neumann provides the introduction. The guide was not purposely made in conjunction with Brown’s 250th Anniversary, but the Brown Alumni Association, which generated the idea for the book, considers it a gift to the University in this special year.
The lecture, which will be followed by a Q&A and book signing, should prove to be both captivating and multi-faceted. “Having a joint presentation by both the author and photographer of the book will be great,” said Harriette Hemmasi, the Joukowsky Family University Librarian. “Each one brings a fresh perspective on the meaning and value of Brown’s architecture.” If you have ever wanted to know the stories and artistic meaning behind the buildings we call home, come out this Friday for this exciting talk!