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Hathaway Hall Kentucky State University 2012-6d72375af9Hathaway Hall

Hathaway Hall is the primary classroom building at Kentucky State University. Constructed in 1967, it was considered by many to be the most advanced piece of architecture in the state of Kentucky, replicating the work that was being done by progressive architects in Europe. It was designed in the Brutalism Style, which features cast-in-place concrete that is poured into forms and left raw so that you can see the imprint of the wooden form. It is unique because it has an open breezeway he ld up by round columns under one of the wings. It has a flat roof, which was a new feature of buildings at that time, and is devoid of ornamentation. The classroom windows are placed near the ceiling, which allows light to pour into the rooms but doesn’t allow students to “be distracted” by staring out the window --an experimental idea of the time. In 1968 it became the first building in Kentucky to win an Institute Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

 

 


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FACT BOX
Title Hathaway Hall
Artist Milton Thompson of Oberwarth and Associates
Date 1967
Location Kentucky State University
Address 400 East Main St
City Frankfort
State Kentucky
Zip 40601
Medium Brutalism
Site Management Kentucky State University
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