Hand-carved oak fireplace in the Abbott Hall reading room.

A stately spot for silent study

This hand-carved, oak, fireplace mantel is just one reason the Austin Flint Main Reading Room in Abbott Hall on the South Campus draws comparisons to Hogwarts. The mantel is modeled after a 15th-century mantel found in Canonbury Tower, London, England. Photo: Douglas Levere

Published January 13, 2021