Libraries host a celebration of central Pennsylvania architecture


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The University Libraries will host "A Celebration of Central Pennsylvania Architecture and the Work of A. William Hajjar" from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 13, in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, 104 Paterno Library. Activities include a display of original plans and drawings of local houses designed by former Penn State faculty member, A. William Hajjar. The Hajjar architectural drawings are a recent donation by his children to the University. In the 1950s and 1960s, Hajjar challenged the conservative look of the State College community with his contemporary-style homes. More than 50 years later, his 40-plus buildings still delight those who appreciate post-war modern design, and their owners are proud to play a part in conserving a significant part of local history.

The event will also unveil "Central Pennsylvania Architecture and Landscape Architecture," a new digital collection that documents the work of Hajjar and many other designers active in the region, including buildings by modernists Philip Hallock and Kenneth Heidrich. Comprising online exhibitions and a growing database of 1,000 well-documented images, it includes research and photography contributed by Robert Malcom and Arthur Anderson Jr. For more information, see

The celebration is sponsored by the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library and The Eberly Family Special Collections Library. For more information, contact Tim Pyatt at or 814-865-1793. Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck adjacent to the Nittany Lion Inn.


Last Updated December 12, 2012