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Brutal Library

A guide devoted to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Axinn Library building.

Articles and information

The Hofstra Library building was designed by Warner, Burns, Toan & Lunde Architects & Planners in New York, now known as WBTL. Danforth Toan, the firm's founding partner, died at age 94 in 2013. Read his obituary here.

Harry Forgeron reported on the library's construction in the New York Times on May 30, 1965. 

Forgeron reported in the Times again on June 5, 1966 when the Unispan was in place. 

Glenn Fowler reported in the Times on December 25, 1966, that the library complex had won the New York Concrete Industry Board's annual award, selected a winner from among 35 contenders in New York city, Long Island, and Westchester county.


Early photos


North Campus model. Dr. Clifford Lord, Danforth Toan, and contractor Ferdinand Castagna, January 1965


Library Construction, December 1965

Library and Unispan construction, March 1966

Library and Unispan under construction, 1966

Unispan and Residence Halls under construction May 1966



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