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Post-Modern Style

Post-Modern is the name given to recent developments in architecture. Its defining elements are not always clear, but it does represent a drastic change from the buildings of the International Style. For some architects, Post-Modern is a return to the styles of the 1920s and 1930s. To others it means an interest in the arbitrary geometry of the Beaux-Arts school of the 19th century. To still others it is completely radical and new. One could sum up the Post-Modern style by one word eclectic.

9. Stranahan Hall.

Architects: Munger, Munger, and Associates
Date Completed: 1985
Cost: $6.7 million

Stranahan Hall, home of the College of Business Administration, fits the Post-Modern label well. It is modern, yet old. It is square, yet round. It is symmetrical, yet asymmetrical. It is eclectic.

Stranahan Hall has been one of the most acclaimed buildings constructed on campus. In 1986, the architectural firm won an American Institute of Architects/Society of Honor Award for the design. It has been described as "a sophisticated use of form and materials relating well to the campus's Collegiate Gothic roots."

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10. McMaster Hall


Architects: Munger, Munger, and Associates
Date Completed: 1987
Cost: $9 million

McMaster Hall is the second building on campus to be built in the Post-Modern style. Like Stranahan Hall, it encompasses elements of the old and the new, yet its roots are clearly in the Collegiate Gothic. It is less eclectic and more traditional than Stranahan Hall.

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11. The Academic Center Residence Hall

Architects: Seyfang, Blanchard, Duket, Porter Inc.
Date Completed: 1992
Cost: $8.6 million

Typical of the ecleticism of the Post-Modern movement, the Academic Center Residence Hall combines elements of both the Gothic and International styles of architecture. The outer walls combine modern aluminum with traditional brick. The Hall unites vertical, horizontal and diagonal surface areas, along with tall narrow windows to provide a unique blend of the old and the new.

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12. Student Union Addition

Date Completed: 1994

Much like the Academic Center Residence Hall, the latest Student Union Addition is a combination of the Gothic and International Styles. This is exemplified in the use of both buff-colored brick in the middle of the build ing and Indiana limestone at each end. This combination is also evident in the design and materials used on the roof, which is peaked and made of slate on each end and flat in the middle.

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13. Center For Visual Arts

Architects: Frank O. Gehry and Associates
Date Completed: 1992
Cost: $10 million

The Center for Visual Arts is located adjacent to The Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo's Old West End and is the first University building designed by world- renowned architect Frank Gehry. The design of building provides an interesting and pleasing contrast to the classical appearance of the Museum.

The Center for Visual Arts is a building of metal and glass that exemplifies the contemporary style. In designing the complex, Gehry paid special attent ion to balancing different geometric shapes, particularly noting the flat roof and the rounded corners of the building. The Center for Visual Arts is often noted for its award winning design and was also featured in Timemagazine.

Other Buildings of the Post-Modern Period:

The Greek Village


Architects: Munger, Munger and Associates
Date Completed: 1990
Cost: $7.4 million

Glass Bowl Renovation and Larimer Athletic Complex
Architects: Samborn, Steketee, Otis and Evans
Date Completed: 1990
Cost: $18 million

Student Recreation Center
Architects: Hastings and Chivetta
Date Completed: 1991
Cost: $14.1 million

Scott and Tucker Hall Additions
Architects: Seyfang, Blanchard, Duket, Porter Inc.
Date Completed: 1995

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Last revised 1, June, 2007

Last Updated: 7/1/19