The Nature of Place
The library’s primary facade is the iconic 1921 Stetson Hall. This project reinstates Stetson’s architectural splendor as well as its status at the heart of the Williams experience. Meticulously restored, this beloved landmark allows the large library complex to fit gracefully within the historic fabric of the campus. Facing the student center across a new campus green, the library will sit at the head of a quadrangle whose axis links the academic landscape to a luminous five-level atrium in the new building. Cascading along a natural slope towards sweeping views of the Berkshire Mountains, the new library spaces look outward while also drawing from the atrium’s social energy that unifies the building’s diverse venues.