Images of Knowlton Hall, Ohio State University, by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam

Knowlton Hall, Ohio State University: West Facade

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam

The furthermost west rounded end

The shape, essentially a box, is varied here by a diagonal end, rounded here at its furthermost west (and south) corner. The angled end continues with the dramatic cut--he full height of the building--into the courtyard. See below. The building's skin is comprised of marble shingles held in place by metal clips. The donor had insisted that the building be marble (sheets are used elsewhere) in spite of the fact that the OSU campus is surprising bare of that material (red brick being the more usual and preferred material).

The line-up of various classical columns and capitals

While the building's own columns are the plainest of the plain, barren of bases or capitals, these capitals remind the architecture students of the rich traditions of architecture.

Irregularity of mullions

Expanses of windows at various places on the exterior have almost decorative mullions, necessary of course to bolster the expansive glazing. Still a kind of syncopation results when mullions are chopped and so irregularly placed.

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Work Consulted: Todd Gannon et al. Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Knowlton Hall.[series: Source Books in Architecture]. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005.

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