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Architecture dean designs Bush Library

Robert A. M. Stern’s library for the younger Bush opens in Dallas.

Peter Aaron/Otto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

Peter Aaron/Otto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP

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As an architect, School of Architecture dean Robert A. M. Stern ’65MArch is known for an eclectic range of styles. The new residential colleges he has designed for Yale, for example, are a straightforward borrowing of the campus’s Gothic architecture. But in designing a presidential library, museum, and research institute for his fellow alumnus George W. Bush ’68, Stern opted for something in between the Georgian look of the surrounding buildings (at Southern Methodist University in Dallas) and a more abstract modernism.

“We wanted to be sympathetic to Georgian without being literal,” Stern said when the design was unveiled in 2009. The Bush Presidential Center was to be dedicated on April 25.

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