Wren Ceiling

Wren Ceiling

Wren Library overdoor in Walnut-1934

Wren Library overdoor in Walnut-1934

Wren main door and celing detail by PM

Wren main door and celing detail by PM

Overdoor detail by Mansbendel

Overdoor detail by Mansbendel

The tower at UT

The tower at UT

Wren Ceiling-attributed to Mansbendel

Wren Ceiling-attributed to Mansbendel

Beams and bracket by PM in walnut (Beaux arts style)

Beams and bracket by PM in walnut (Beaux arts style)

Example Frame

Wren Library-University of Texas at Austin

Architect/Builder: PAUL PHILIPPE CRET
Year: 1936
Style: Mediterranean-influenced Beaux-Arts style
Areas of Significance: Art, Architecture
City: Austin

The Main Building of The University of Texas at Austin is a structure at the center of the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas that houses the university's administrative offices. The Main Building's 307-foot (93 metre) tower, often referred to as "The Tower", has 27-floors and is one of the most recognizable symbols of the University.

Wren Library
The room south of the Exhibition Room once housed the Wren Library, a collection of six thousand rare books. This room was first installed in the old library building (Battle Hall) and later the entire room and the books were transferred to the fourth floor of the new Main Building. The woodwork is walnut; the metal work of wrought iron and the light bowls are of alabaster. The woodcarving above the door was carved by Peter Mansbendel, a prominent Swiss woodcarver that lived in Austin. The wood ceiling is painted with three groups of designs illustrating the development of printing, the history of dress, and the coat of arms of famous universities. The stained glass windows depict the coat of arms of English Colleges. Today the Wren library serves as offices for the UT president.
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