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100 Years of Humanities

100 Years of Humanities

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Gilman Hall, the bedrock of humanistic studies at Johns Hopkins. Five years ago, Gilman Hall underwent major renovations to transform it into a modern academic facility while preserving its architectural integrity and historic spaces. In this photo, the stained glass windows of the Hutzler Undergraduate Reading Room (the “Hut”) are illuminated in the evening sky. The windows’ art displays the marks (logos) used by European printers from the 15th and 16th centuries, the dawn of the industry. These marks usually appeared on the title page of the printer’s works.

For more information on the Hut’s windows, designed in 1929 by the American artist J. Scott Williams, see Renaissance Printers’ Devices: Essays on the Early Art of Printing and the King Memorial Windows of Johns Hopkins University, a new illustrated volume by Renaissance scholar and Milton S. Eisenhower Library rare book curator Earle Havens.