Woollen, Molzan and Partners

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Founded 1955
Founder Evans Woollen III
Headquarters Indianapolis, Indiana,
United States
Services Architecture, Interior Design, Planning
Website Woollen, Molzan and Partners

Woollen, Molzan and Partners (WMP) is a US-based second-generation architecture, interior design, and planning firm. The company was founded in 1955 by Evans Woollen.[1][2] Published in numerous books, periodicals, and online resources, WMP's long history has resulted in a diverse portfolio of experience in libraries, worship facilities, museums, performing arts centers, housing, and correctional facilities.


Indianapolis Public Library / Central Library / Photographer: Jeffrey A. Kisling
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church / Westfield, Indiana / Photographer: Kevin F. Huse

Frank Moody Music Building / University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa / Photographer: Balthazar Korab
White River Gardens / Indianapolis, Indiana/ Photographer: Balthazar Korab
Minton-Capehart Federal Building/ Indianapolis, Indiana

The firm’s early work centered on bank facilities, private residences, and churches. In 1960, Butler University of Indianapolis chose Evans Woollen to design Clowes Memorial Hall,[3] a 2,200 seat concert hall for the University and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. It was the firm’s first major work and led to the design of a series of performing arts facilities.

Senior partners Lynn Molzan and Laurence O’Connor joined the firm in 1965. The firm name became Evans Woollen and Associates. The firm’s bank facility work continued in the 60s; however, it was joined by two significant commissions: the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in the "Brutalist" style and with architectural art by Milton Glaser — on Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis.[4] and the Indiana University Musical Arts Center (Jacobs School of Music) in Bloomington. The firm also started work on its first academic library, for Marian College (Indiana)—a specialized design focus of the firm still today.[5] Retirement housing and communities became a major area of work in the 1970s. A project in Cincinnati, at the Pilot Center in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood became a milestone in its professional development.[6] It was here that Evans Woollen and Larry O’Connor first initiated the firm’s “live-in” approach to design process and client participation, which continues today. Particularly satisfying to the firm was its work in New Harmony, Indiana where it produced designs for an inn[7][8] and the renovation of a community auditorium. In 1973, the firm incorporated and changed its name to Woollen Associates, Inc.

In 1979, and in the early years of the next decade, the firm began its design work at St. Meinrad Archabbey, a Benedictine monastery in Southern Indiana—one of only two Archabbeys in the United States. Its architectural designs included a new monastery and academic library and the historic renovation of the centerpiece Archabbey Church.[9][10] In the 1980s, churches, libraries, museums, historic renovations, and performing arts facilities were hallmarks of the firm’s work. The award-winning[11][12] Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary's College (Indiana) became the star of the firm’s academic library portfolio. Partner and Controller William Brady joined the firm in 1980. In 1982 the firm became Woollen, Molzan and Partners. Partner Kevin Huse joined the firm in 1985.

The 1990s began with the completion of the historic renovation of Hall Auditorium on the campus of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; and the firm began its work on the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility, the first all-new prison facility in Indiana in over 100 years. This project started the firm’s work in the correctional market.

Although a diverse portfolio since its establishment in 1955, the major work of Woollen, Molzan and Partners was focused on libraries and worship facilities. In April 2011, the firm closed its doors.

Selected Projects[edit]

ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center,[13] UIUC College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, Urbana, Illinois

Archabbey Church of Our Lady of Einsiedeln,[14] St. Meinrad Archabbey St. Meinrad, Indiana

Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Central Library, Indianapolis, Indiana

Church of Our Lady of Loretto, Saint Mary's College (Indiana), Notre Dame, Indiana

Clowes Memorial Hall,[15][16] Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana

Cushwa-Leighton Library, Saint Mary's College (Indiana), Notre Dame, Indiana

Grainger Engineering Library Information Center,[17] University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis,[18] Indianapolis, Indiana

Frank Moody Music Building, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Musical Arts Center,[19][20][21] Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Charles V. Park Library and Information Services Center,[22][23] Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

David L. Rice Library,[24][25] University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana

St. Andrew Abbey Church, Cleveland, Ohio[26][27]

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, Westfield, Indiana[28]

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, Carmel, Indiana

St. Thomas Aquinas Church,[29] Indianapolis, Indiana

Minton-Capehart Federal Building, Indianapolis, Indiana

Morris Library,[30] Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois

University Library,[31] St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa

Wabash Valley Correctional Facility,[32] Carlisle, Indiana

White River Gardens,[33][34] Indianapolis, Indiana


  1. ^ "Evans Woollen: The Art of Architecture." Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  2. ^ "Who's Who in Construction, Design & Engineering: Evans Woollen." Indianapolis Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  3. ^ Gadski, Mary Ellen. Clowes Memorial Hall, Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p453. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  4. ^ Zeigler, Connie (October 27, 2009). "History 301: A minority opinion – I ♥ the Federal Building". Urban Times. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ Recent Works of Evans Woollen. Architectural Record. 141 (May 1967): pp140-141. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  6. ^ Pilot Center - Filling in Over-the-Rhine. Architectural Record. 158 (October 1975): pp81-86
  7. ^ Allen, Gerald. The New harmony Inn: A Triumph in Modesty. Architectural Record. 159 (April 1976): pp101-106
  8. ^ New Harmony Inn official website. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  9. ^ Gaskie, Margaret. Continuity Amid Change. Architectural Record. 173 (April 1985): pp130-137.
  10. ^ Wie eine feste Burg: Ein neues Koster in den USA. Steinmetz+Bildauer. 102 (March 1986): pp9-11
  11. ^ ALA/AIA Award-winning Libraries for 1983. Library Journal. 108 (July 1983): p1300
  12. ^ Five Libraries Win Architectural Awards. American Libraries. 14 (July/August 1983): pp455-456
  13. ^ Isaac Funk Family Library official site. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  14. ^ Knect, Barbara. Radiating Creature Comforts in Buildings. Architectural Record/Green Source. (September 2003) Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  15. ^ Moholy-Nagy, Sibyl. L'Architecture Americaine Prend Une Nouvelle Orientation. L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui. 114 (May 1964): p105
  16. ^ Gover,Robert. Culture Comes to Indianapolis. New York Times Magazine. (December 24, 1967): pp6-7, 10-13
  17. ^ Grainger Engineering Library official site. Retrieved 2010-07-13.
  18. ^ Gaskie, Margaret. Putting on a happy face. Architectural Record. (August 1989): pp78-81
  19. ^ Kriplen, Nancy. The Opera Factory. Opera News. (November 1984): pp16-18, 20
  20. ^ Indiana Musical Arts Center Architecture Francaise (March/April 1974): pp49-51
  21. ^ Indiana Elegant New 'Opera Factory'. Architectural Record (February 1973): pp119-124
  22. ^ Park Library Virtual Tour. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  23. ^ Central Michigan University, Park Library and Information Services Center, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Outstanding Designs Renovation/Modernation, American School & University. (November 2004): p297
  24. ^ Rice Library official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  25. ^ Stinnard, Michell. Limestone Relief makes Campus Library a Focal Point. Stone World. Vol. 24, No. 1 (January 2007): pp220-222
  26. ^ A Brief History of St. Andrew Abbey Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  27. ^ Gaskie, Margaret. Climbing Jacob's Ladder. Architectural Record. 175 (November 1987): pp132-137
  28. ^ St. Maria Goretti official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  29. ^ A Church for the Revised Catholic Liturgy. Architectural Record. 147 (February 1970): pp119-122
  30. ^ Morris Library official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  31. ^ St. Ambrose University Library official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  32. ^ Wabash Valley Correctional Facility official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  33. ^ White River Gardens official site. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  34. ^ Martin, Frank Edgerton. Beyond the Gazebo. Landscape Architecture. (January 2001): pp62-69

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