SIJ - Day 9:  Grand Staircase, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Yale University
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SIJ - Day 9: Grand Staircase, Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Yale University

Linsly-Chittenden Hall was originally two separate buildings that served as annexes for the old University Library (then located in Dwight Hall). Today, Linsly is a recitation hall and faculty office building for the English Department and Chittenden is a classroom building.

Chittenden Hall, erected in 1889 by J. Cleaveland Cady, is Neo-Romanesque in style; the grand staircase pictured here is the Chittenden Hall staircase.

Linsly Hall, designed by Charles Haight and completed in 1907, is a prime example of the Collegiate Gothic style. Both buildings have three stories and open onto both High Street and Old Campus.

One of the lecture halls, previously the main reading room of the old University library, features an original Tiffany stained glass window, titled "Education." This stained glass window is known as the Chittenden Memorial Window. Following the death of his daughter Mary Hartwell Lusk in 1871, long-time New Haven resident and Yale patron Simeon Baldwin Chittenden funded the building of (the then) new university library in her memory. Its octagonal reading room, now a lecture hall, holds the structure’s crown jewel, the stained glass window Education, commissioned from Art Nouveau artist and decorator Louis Comfort Tiffany. In this thirty-foot-wide window, Tiffany composed a visual sermon in keeping with the donor’s values, presenting a panorama of graceful allegorical figures that represent aspects of Art, Music (shown here), Science, and Religion.
Once again this processing simply knocks me out! With this one, I also love the reflections in the polished ceramic floor. Nice portfolio...you must show it to Yale, a there just might be a commission in this one for you!
 
my favorite part is the reflection on the ground showing blue sky, which isn't visible if you look straight out the window :) I love the roof as well!
 
Hallowed halls. I think you should show your work to the powers that be, too. Maybe you can have a show or perhaps that's already in the making?
 
>> Hallowed halls. I think you should show your work to the powers that be, too. Maybe you can have a show or perhaps that's already in the making?

I am working on it. I may put a book together and go plump it down in front of Yale Press. We'll see. I'll do something with this.

Shame the students are back. I used it to take interiors. I missed the opportunity to do some nice panoramas of the larger quadrangles. Probably will do that sometime this summer.

woof!
 

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