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rate limestone and the Aggie buff-brick typical of Texas A&M buildings. These natural stone materials are a tip of the hat to local materials. Although the Bush Library and Museum complex integrates material and design qualities that connect it to the university in physical appearance, its distance from the main campus creates a less-than-easy access for students and professors — library staff noted that political science and

The Library and Museum complex is very accessible to the general public; its expansive parking and proximity to a major roadway provide convenient entry to exhibits and conferences. other interested students rarely request records. Even Bush School students do not fully utilize this asset; it is mostly their professors who do research there. However, the Library and Museum complex is very accessible to the general public; its expansive parking and proximity to a major roadway provide convenient entry to exhibits and conferences. Public access is a priority, and this element of the design is reminiscent of former President Bush, himself, who frequently communicated a sincere interest in people, decency, and the common good. His humble and gracious persona is exemplified by the Americans with Disabilities Act that he signed into law during his administration. When we see a busload of elderly visitors, two playful boys, and a remarkable Great Dane moving through the

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pleted in 1997, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of a complex of three buildings sited alongside a pond on the Texas A&M University campus.

Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture  

This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...

Texas Architect November/December 2013: Campus Architecture  

This issue explores the value of architectural diversity and creative responses to context. The discussion begins with a series on the three...