First Impressions May Be Deceiving
For many years now, people have been fool by appearances. Someone may look at the exterior of an object and expect one thing when actually the exact opposite is waiting inside for them. For example, an unexpecting person picks off a grape from the bunch and bites into the fruit while dreaming of a mouthful of juicy, sweet grape but in reality receives a surprisingly bitter splash with the first bite. Or when a person first looks at a power vision 3-D picture they only see mass chaos until a few short seconds later a sailboat evolves out of the picture floating among the earlier seen chaos. When visiting Madison,
Wisconsin, someone may pass by the UW-Fieldhouse and mistake it as a barn instead of a basketball arena. So too, the Karrmann Library can be easily mistaken for a bank as you come upon it from the exterior. The first feature about the Elton S. Karrmann Library that makes it seem as if it were a bank is the solid construction of the library. Much like the construction of a bank, the library was also constructed with security and protection in mind. Also, the impressive exterior of the library resembles that of a modern bank. The concrete support pillars not only add strength but also give the library this impressive look of a bank. These light white-grayish, square pillars are 2 by 2 ft. and almost half the way up them there are two engraved lines that run all the way around them about 6 in. from the other.
Concrete, a sign of strength, is also used in the patio around the tower entrance. This grayish colored concrete was poured in slabs of 3 by 3 ft. sections. Concrete was also used as dividers between floors. Between each floor, the redish-brown, 4 by 8 in. bricks are split up by a light grayish horizontal concrete layer. The items used in the construction of this building show the strength needed for the protection of a bank. Secondly, the setting of the Karrmann