The Designs of Julian Abele

The Designs of Julian Abele


Our event, The Designs of Julian Abele, was
the first time we had brought together a lot of the blueprints which have been in the facilities
management department, as well as sketches and other drawings that we have in the university
archives and displayed them all together in the Gothic Reading Room. So it’s a chance to see both the vision for
the campus and the blueprints and precise design for the individual buildings. It’s amazing. It’s just amazing the gothic architecture
he was able to draw up. All these ideas that he had. It was just really, really cool to see what
was in his head and what he put on paper and what he wanted the university to look like
when it was being built. Being able to see them laid out like this
in a way that we typically don’t even see it over at facilities really gets you to appreciate
the breadth and depth and scope of the design effort for the original campus. To see the actual lines that he drew and the
idea that he set forth from its inception is a really exciting thing. All the drawings that you see here were drawn
by hand with graphite and pencil and straight-edges and that’s typically not how things are done
now. Most everything now is done on computers and
so it just shows how the industry and the process has changed over the decades since
the original styles were done here by hand. It was wonderful to be able to come together
and give people a chance to explore and really see what the basis is for all these buildings
that we work in, some of us live in them, and be able to see how they were laid out
right at the beginning.

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