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8. Animal Downspout
    N.W. Tower, Billings Library (Student Center), 1885.

 
Detail, The Billings Library, 1883-85.  
H. H. Richardson has tapped a medieval bestiary of animal forms to add beauty and imagination to a simple waterspout on the northwest tower of Billings Library (now Billings Student Center). This French Romanesque Revival Sculpture, above the intricate interlace carving banded around the second course of the Norman Tower, is one of many 'gems' found accenting and adorning this important architectural landmark. For another example look carefully over the main entrance.


   
  Detail Robinson Hall, c. 1890.
The Richardsonian Romanesque style is also very much in evidence at Robinson Hall, designed in 1889 by Marling and Burdett. A former coach house for the private estate at Redstone Campus, at South Prospect and Cliff Streets, it is now used for administrative offices for UVM Housing and Dining services. Robinson Hall is one of the three original buildings of the Buell (Redstone) estate, which exemplifies the sculptural qualities and material juxtapositions of late 19th century Richardsonian Romanesque architecture, particularly evident in the beehive-inspired Norman Tower and rusticated stonework. Billings Library (Billings Student Center) and the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms are the best-known examples of this style in the community.