Sunday, December 21, 2014

BYU: Karl G. Maeser Building

Universities tend to showcase some of the best architecture that groups and cultures have to offer. That is not really the case at BYU--in fact, with the exception of the Maeser, Grant, and Brimhall buildings, most of upper campus is void of distinctive architectural features. This is mostly because the Church is extremely frugal when considering its expenditures--turning BYU into what it is today was no easy feat, and is largely thanks to the efforts of Ernest L. Wilkinson, under the support of President David O. McKay.

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This post studies the Maeser Building, the oldest building on upper campus.

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The Maeser Building is a beautiful piece of work and a fitting reminder of BYU's history.

Over the course of time, the Building underwent a number of changes. In 1985, it underwent a major renovation, and everything was removed except the original walls. The goal was to restore its original layout and feel. They did a good job of doing that, including restoring the Maeser Lecture Hall:

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My favorite elements of this building are the details around the doors, as well as the two open staircases.

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