- 1956 Main Mall
- Currently under re-construction as the Irving K.
Barber Learning Centre. Phase I (new north wing) completed September 2005.
Phase II (new south wing and upgrading of original construction) to be completed
- 1925, additions 1947-48, 1960.
- Sharp & Thompson
- Sources of funds:
- B.C. Government
- North wing:
Sharp & Thompson, Berwick, Pratt
$716,580. Government grants, private gifts, gifts from the Alumni - UBC Development Fund,
student donations, donations by Friends of the University.
- South wing:
Thompson, Berwick & Pratt $1,708,758
W.C. Koerner's gifts ($425,000), Canada Council grant ($824,000), and B.C. Government grant.
- Use history:
Library administrative offices,
Fine Arts, Map, Science and Engineering, Government Publications and Microforms,
University Archives, University Archives Divisions, Ridington Room (Humanities
and Social Sciences reference), "main stacks". Included Sedgewick Undergraduate Library until 1973. In 1997 Humanities and Social
Sciences, Government Publications and Microforms and majority of the collection
moved to new Koerner Library.
- Name history:
- Once known as "King John's Castle"
- Architectural features:
- Original building - grey granite. Gothics.
Interior finish - Caen stone. Oak woodwork.
Wings - reinforced concrete frame and hollow tile partitions. Book stacks area built separately
of steel frame and reinforced concrete floor slabs. Exterior - architectural concrete, partly
with granite veneer base. Moulded into original building continuing lines and following window design.
- Granite blocks used in construction quarried on Nelson Island near Pender Harbour
carried by barge to foot of Point Grey cliffs, and brought up to job-site by aerial
tramway and light rail system.
Two small figures cut into stone facade above main entrance: a monkey holding
a book labelled "Evol" (for "evolution") and a bearded man holding stone tablets
labelled "Funda" (for "fundamentalism") included by the architect to commemorate
the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Tennessee, where a teacher was prosecuted
for teaching evolution in school.
- Thompson, Berwick, Pratt; Ridington; Library; University Archives.
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