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Fondren Centennial Reading Room

Fondren Centennial Reading Room 

As SMU concludes its centennial celebration and begins a second century of achievement, the University is restoring the grand reading room in the historic Fondren Library Center to its original grandeur.

Made possible by the generosity of The Fondren Foundation, the Fondren Centennial Reading Room will be dedicated on Founders' Day, April 15, 2016, as a culminating centennial gift to the SMU family and to future generations of students and faculty. The restoration will create an inspiring setting that evokes the room's rich history and tradition, encourages scholarly pursuit and serves as a gracious venue for community gatherings. Original architectural details will be integrated with custom finishes, furnishings and lighting specially designed for the Fondren Centennial Reading Room by iconic American craftsman Thomas Moser.

Leaving a Legacy

Thos. Moser furniture can be found in distinguished university, presidential and civic libraries across the nation. In honor of SMU's centennial celebration, the University has commissioned custom-designed, handcrafted Moser tables and chairs to reestablish Fondren Centennial Reading Room as one of the campus' signature spaces. You can be a part of this final project of The Second Century Celebration by naming a furniture piece in the Fondren Centennial Reading Room. A plaque mounted on each named table or chair will recognize the donor or honor a current or former student, influential faculty member or SMU family.

Naming Opportunities
Reading Chair (96 available) $500
Lounge Chair (16 available) $1,500
Table (12 available) $2,500
Large Table (18 available) $5,000

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Grand Reading Room chair