[This is part one of two. See part two here!]
Global economic crisis got you down? For my money, there’s no better place to lose those meltdown blues than Princeton’s Lewis Library.
Lewis Science Library is a delirious pre-recession architectural funhouse, a gaudy relic of the University’s freewheeling, freespending salad days. Dedicated only six months ago, Lewis Library brims with the sunny energy of a time before this don’t-call-it-a-depression cast its pall over the Princeton campus.
Insurance magnate Peter Lewis donated $60 million for the library’s construction, and the investment shows in ways beyond Princeton’s choice of renowned architect Frank Gehry as the designer. Everything in “Louie Lib” is crazy expensive.
The chairs alone – my God, the chairs! These chairs are a safe haven for wannabe investment bankers jangled by volatile markets; these chairs are big money converted into safer, more immutable forms.
I’ll admit to being a little obsessed. I’ll admit to spending an entire afternoon taking a census of all the chairs in the building. I’ll admit to entering this data into an Excel spreadsheet, along with price quotes for each piece of seating. I’ll admit to calling a furniture store in Illinois to get some of these price quotes.
The fruits of my labor, Part 1, after the jump: