About Those Owls

 

 

History of Rush Rhees Library

 

Historical Spaces

 

The Welles Brown Room


The Roger B. Friedlander Lobby
        
The Hawkins Carlson Room


The Gleason Library


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The Martin E. Messinger Periodical Reading Room


The Messinger Graduate Study North

 

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About Those Owls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Those Owls

 

 

 

 

Designed in the 1920s and opened in 1930, the Rush Rhees Library building has stone owls perched around the tower and above the cornice.  It also includes owls here and there in other architectural details, like the handles of the Friedlander Lobby doors.

 

Owl symbols are a tradition for many libraries because of their longstanding association with wisdom.  Sources on myth and magic explain that birds which could “see” in the dark were thought to have mysterious powers, later identified with prophecy, “nocturnal sciences,” and, in a broader sense, wisdom.

 

At River Campus Libraries, we wish you the full enjoyment of mysterious powers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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