The North Side of Olin: Then and Now
This week we are pleased to announce the official opening of the new north entrance to Olin library. This additional entrance, first proposed by Ann Beha Architects in 2013, is perhaps one of the most anticipated features of the Olin reconstruction.
When the library construction is complete, a wide pathway will connect the new north entrance to the existing south one, allowing students, staff, faculty, and visitors to walk through the building. It is hoped that this new entrance will increase traffic through the library and bring greater visibility to our many holdings and collections, selections of which will be on display in the new Thomas Gallery that is scheduled to open sometime next spring.
Photos from the Archives
Below are several historical photos from the University Archives that depict the north side of the building before its initial renovation in the early 2000s.
As these pictures show, Olin used to have an outdoor seating area called “the beach” along Level Two of the library, accessible by an exterior staircase. A major goal of the current construction is to provide more indoor seating, including a balcony space called “Risa’s Landing” that will overlook Whisper’s Café.
If you are interested in seeing more historic photos of Olin Library, or any of the buildings on campus, please visit the Washington University Photographic Services Collection in the University Archives. You can locate the finding aid for this collection at http://archon.wulib.wustl.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=153.