Giddens Learning Center, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Giddens Learning Center

Address: 1536 Hewitt Avenue W
Neighborhood/s: Hamline-Midway, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Ramsey County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1972
Primary Style: Modern
Historic Function: Library
Current Function: College/university
Architect or source of design: Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson
Builder: O. Swanson
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Brick
Part of the Site: Hamline University

Hamline-Midway Saint Paul Ramsey County

Giddens Learning Center, 1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota
(44.967125° N, 93.16525° WLatitude: 44°58′1.65″N
Longitude: 93°9′54.9″W

The information provided here is from the 1983 Ramsey County Historical Society and Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission Historic Sites Survey:

Date of site visit 3/3/1982 by Fieldworker: R. Younger

Significant details: "This large L-shaped building has three glass entrance doors with wood and metal trim. First floor windows also have wood and metal trims. Second floor windows have cement lintels and sloping cement stills. 2nd floor projects over 1st. This building has been sensitively built around the entrance to the original Hamline University Library. The foyer exposes the original rounded columns and fanlights of the library. Building has steeply pitched tile clad clerestories. Part of the building is open on the 1st floor with the second story supported by brick piers."

Significant site and landscape features: "This building is located along Snelling Avenue west of Old Main."

Historical background: "The original part of the building was built in 1907 as the Hamline University Library. It cost $30,000 to construct. Parts of the original structure were razed and the new addition was constructed in 1972 to convert the building to the Paul Giddens Alumni Learning Center."

Statement of significance: "The Giddens Alumni Learning Center is an attractive, modern building which blends well with the older Hamline Library building.


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