Monday, February 23, 2009

I.M. Pei's Fredonia State

When I was in art class in 8th grade at Fredonia Middle School my teacher told me about a world-famous architect that built the new wing of the Louvre, the new wing of the National Gallery of Art, and he also created the many building on the campus of the State University of New York - Fredonia. Fredonia State, as it is better known, consists of several dominanting cement buildings that capture the skyline of campus. Also there is a several mile road encompassing all of the main portions of camus. Ring Road and the buildings were designed by I.M. Pei and his company around 1968.

Many residents of Fredonia and even graduates of Fredonia State go on never having a clue that the campus they walked upon so easily was hand designed by one of the world's most renowned architets. Above are some of the buildings that Pei designed for the campus. First is Maytum Hall, the campus residences with suite style dorm rooms. Second is the Williams Center, where Jenny and I attended our Winter Ball freshmen year of high school. Next is the Reed Library with its iconic tower with study rooms overlooking the campus. (Also provides an awesome skate spot for those looking in WNY.) Finally is Rockefeller Art Center one of the most acousticly sound buildings I have ever stepped into.

Below are some of Pei's better known works, the Louvre Pyramid, the National Gallery of Art East Building, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He is currently working on the NASCAR Hall of Fame due to open in 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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