During Gilman Hall’s three-year renovation—completed in 2010—crews deconstructed the bridge, a vending machine-filled hallway connecting the Hutzler Reading Room and Memorial Hall. Below was the roof of the old bookstore in Gilman’s basement.
The dramatic centerpiece of Gilman Hall’s 2007-10 renovation is the three-story glass-topped central atrium that replaces the bridge between the Hutzler Reading Room and Memorial Hall. The enclosed courtyard features nine large sculptural pieces titled Vessel Field by artist Kendall Buster. Suspended by steel wires, the sculptures reference the extensive collection of jars and other containers in the university’s Archaeological Museum, which replaced the bookstore below the atrium.