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America's Most Beautiful College Libraries: Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion

Mark Zupan, Duke University Libraries

Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, Duke University, Durham, NC

Part of the West campus library complex, this glass-enclosed pavilion occupies a courtyard between two stone buildings. Designed by Boston-based Shepley Bulfinch, the pavilion was completed in 2005 but made a point to incorporate Gothic-looking steel arches in keeping with the surrounding architecture. The cupola features a whimsical weathervane, with the university mascot (Blue Devil) reading a book. In true school spirit, the weathervane is illuminated in blue whenever the basketball team wins a game.

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