Transylvania University, Bookstore and Forum

Lexington, Kentucky

  • FIRM

    RossTarrant Architects


    Transylvania University

  • AREA

    10,000 sq.ft.





Transylvania University, the oldest university west of the Appalachian Mountains, had its original bookstore in a small basement space of one of the historic university’s existing buildings. The design team was asked to create a new bookstore and forum that would provide additional retail space in a more visible location. The university also wanted to create a space in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$220.00FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYStudent Centers/Service Areas students and teachers could interact outside the classroom.

The buildings on Transylvania University’s campus reflect the school’s sense of history with classical Georgian architecture. One of the design challenges was finding a way to celebrate the history of the university and complement the traditional design of the existing buildings while creating a modern atmosphere for the retail bookstore and coffee shop.

The new bookstore and forum were created as an addition to the university’s existing library building, the Glenn Building, and combined a contemporary appearance with traditional sensibilities. The resulting space is a valuable complement to this vibrant college setting.