Scene on Campus

A farewell to Mudd

Mudd Library meets its end.

If you graduated from Yale before 1982 and you haven’t been back since, you missed the entire life span of Seeley G. Mudd Library. Tucked in a quiet corner of campus near Ingalls Rink, Mudd was built 32 years ago to house less-used library books and the university’s collection of government documents. It was demolished last fall, the last of 13 buildings felled to make room for two new residential colleges. Though Mudd was off the beaten path for most of its life, it had its admirers: in his 1999 guide to Yale architecture, Patrick Pinnell ’71, ’74MArch, called it “quietly elegant” and said its reading room was “one of Yale’s most pleasant contemporary spaces.”

Architect Harold Roth ’57MArch, who designed the building with his firm, Roth & Moore, says he is “disappointed” to see the building go. “It could have been preserved and adapted for other uses very easily,” says Roth. Administration officials have said that they considered incorporating Mudd into their plans for the site, but that it wasn’t feasible.

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