Structure Type: built works - public buildings - schools - university buildings

Designers: Bassetti, Fred, and Company (firm); Frederick Forde Bassetti (architect)

Dates: constructed 1969

University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

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Building History

The University of Washington Engineering Library was built on the site of the original Air Force ROTC building and the Pipe and Machine Shop, which were both Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition buildings, and both burned to the ground in April 1961. Bassetti designed the Engineering Library as an ensemble piece with nearby Loew Hall.

The library won an Honor Award from the Seattle Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 12/1969. The jury that decided upon the winners consisted of: Paul Thiry, Architect; Alan Liddle, Architect; Robert Frasca, Architect; Jack Robertson, Engineer; Einar Syvertsen, Planner. The panel also selected the University of Washington, Loew Hall also by Fred Bassetti and Company, Our Savior's Lutheran Church, by Grant, Copeland and Chervenak, Associates, and the Port Ludlow Beach Club, by A.O. Bumgardner and Partners. A tunnel joined the Engineering Library with Loew Hall to the south.

Building Notes

When completed, the office of the Engineering Head Librarian had one of the best panoramas of Lake Washington on the UW campus.

PCAD id: 8753