Bond Hall supports the education of future architects and serves their professors at the University of Notre Dame. The existing building was the university library until 1964. The old 60,000 s.f. structure was gutted for functional and aesthetic reasons and completely rebuilt on the interior. The original limestone exterior with Ionic detailing on the east side was preserved and restored. A 10,000 s.f. addition was made to the west elevation.
The interior spaces were reconfigured to serve new functions and to correspond with the original classical character of Bond Hall. The centrally placed library, a new rare book room, a gallery, and an auditorium occupy the main level. Studios, faculty offices, classroom and seminar rooms, a wood shop and a computer lab complete the program. The design of Bond Hall reinforces the classical education provided by the School within a symbolic and a functional environment.
The new west elevation of Bond Hall and the half circular courtyard complement the structure’s original architectural features. Vitruvius’s admonition that architects balance theoretical and practical knowledge is inscribed under his bust. The sculptor Miklos Simon made a cartouche symbolizing the school of architecture. He also sculpted the metopes that alternate boukrania and wreaths that encircle architectural implements. These embellishments proclaim the building’s didactic function and communicate the vitality of continuity in traditional architecture.