Smathers Library Window Restoration Project
The Smathers Library Window Project
After some 75 years, some of the beautiful "granite glass" in the Smathers Library Special Collections Research Room became broken, cracked or damaged. Wood sash rails had deteriorated and window frames warped and caused damaging leaks. By carefully restoring the Gothic windows, the current harmful conditions have been remedied. Moisture intrusion has stopped and ultraviolet light - the enemy of library materials, is now filtered out using invisible modern technology.
Your Support Will Make a Difference
Your gift of $5,000 will sponsor a window, help preserve the university's architectural heritage and ensure a better environment for our intellectual heritage. In appreciation, you will receive a unique commemorative sculpture to document your contribution to the Smathers Library Improvement Project. The sculptures are made with fragments of the original glass that could not be reused in the restoration. Thus, you will be able to enjoy and display a part of our history - glass that helped light the way for thousands of UF students since 1925. In addition, a small plaque is placed beneath each set of windows in the Smathers Library to recognize in perpetuity those who helped in this important effort.
Don't Miss This Opportunity -- Only Seven Window Sponsorships Remain
This is an exciting opportunity for you to become involved with the development of our real initiatives of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. Our goal is to exceed the cost of the project and be able to extend your support to the most needed improvements to our facilities and collections.
To sponsor a window, please contact:
University of Florida
George A. Smathers Libraries
P.O. Box 117000
Gainesville, FL 32611-7000