Cass Gilbert Building, 1917

The buildings that house the Allen Memorial Art Museum's collection are no less engaging than the works of art within them. The museum was designed by Cass Gilbert in 1917 and includes decorations by Frederick J. Wiley and ironwork by Samuel Yellin. Architectural styles ranging from neoclassical to Gothic served as models for Cass Gilbert's building programs at the museum and for his other buildings on the Oberlin College campus. In his plans for the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Gilbert employed the vocabulary of Tuscan Renaissance architecture to evoke European art of the past in an inspirational and instructive structure for his Oberlin contemporaries.