May 31, 2010

2010 Library Tour (now with pictures!)

Encountered on the walk there...

 Room with a view (European shoulder-bag at right)

Stories of stacks in view



 
 Le Grand Reading Room

Orton Hears a Who


Sitting in the sublime 11th floor aerie of Ohio State’s Thompson library. Ah for such inspiring architectural wonder at my workshop. College kids enjoy the sweet privacy and breathtaking views of these little open “rooms”, approximately six-by-six feet. Looking over the camp-pi I can see a spire sprouting from the round tower of what looks to a castle. Then too there are crisscross stichwork of sidewalks, a web designed to prevent pedestrian shortcuts over the fine lawns.

Such a visual era, college is, when you are unnaturally surrounded by tall ceilings and grand reading rooms and grand landscape and beautiful young people with statuesque good looks.

Today it’s surprisingly packed with students.. So industrious! On this warm, sunny Memorial day. They lounge or lean over their computers or texts with the air of reading rooms everywhere.

Up on the 11th, the chair is cozy leather and a small table provides space for books or laptop and coffee.

8 comments:

William Luse said...

(European shoulder-bag at right)

You mean man-purse? :~)

Steven Riddle said...

Dear TSO,

Could you go back and angle that quad picture a little of the north so that I can see Orton Hall?

shalom,

Steven

TS said...

Bill: Or as my wife calls it the "murse".

Steven: So that's what that castle is called! I did take one of it but it didn't show up well.

Steven Riddle said...

Dear Tom,

Oh yes. I had my office as a graduate student there. Within is a small natural history museum and most of the students there are either paleontology or closely related sedimentology.

shalom,

Steven

TS said...

I did find Orton Hall in another pic and have updated accordingly...

Steven Riddle said...

Dear TSO,

Thank you!

For anyone who cares Orton Hall is a magnificent curiosity. Built only of Ohio Rock and built from the bottom up in stratigraphic order--you can, by walking around a looking get a sense of the geologic history of Ohio. Additionally, it has some fairly interesting Gargoyles and is the source of the "All Through the Night" bell tolling that occurs (or used to occur).

It's a gorgeous building and a building requiring enormous craftsmanship in stone to even build it.

Thanks, the picture is lovely.

shalom,

Steven

TS said...

Well I'll have to visit that building specifically next time I'm on campus.

William Luse said...

the "murse". I love it.