The Library On Franklin And Marshall's Campus

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Shadek-Fackenthal Library, the largest library on Franklin and Marshall’s campus, is a national historic landmark and also a notable part of campus’s aesthetic appeal. The brick library is three stories high and is colonial in appearance. The main entrance of the building is white and is covered by a colonnade facade that prominently features the college’s seal as well as the name of the library. While Franklin and Marshall College has numerous historic buildings, Shad-Fack Library stands out for its classical Greek facade which prominently covers the main entrance of the library. The collonaded facade is an exceptional visual on Franklin and Marshall’s campus and thus, a careful exploration of its design/layout, visual appeal and…show more content…
Inset into the the center of the pediment is the seal of Franklin and Marshall College, with two cornucopias draping off from the central circle. Within the pediment there are ten parallel lines that get increasingly short as the the raking sima comes to a point. Below the pediment is the geison which rests on a row of vertical dentils. Below the dentils is the frieze with the name of the building, “Shadek - Fackenthal Library” centered and incuse. Within the architrave there is a raised molding delineating the truncated architrave from the frieze. The frieze rests on a disproportionately small architrave, about ⅓ as large as the ideal Doric structure. The architrave is solely composed of two fasciae. Below the fasciae is a Doric style abacus that is disproportionately wide and extends beyond the echinus. Below the abacus is a rounded echinus which is also in the Doric style. Below the echinus there is a short empty area that separates the echinus from the annulets. The annulets are comprised of two rings which is a deviation from the ideal Doric structure. Going to the base of the column, there is a torus with ⅓ the number of rings as the canonical Ionic structure and a rounded scotia that rests on the base. Each column is tapered and rests on a square base that then is positioned on a cement block. The four blocks then drop 1/3 into the stereobate and are also raised slightly above the stylobate. Below the cement block is the rest (other 2/3rds) of the
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