The history of a building can enrich our appreciation of it - the more we know about those who lived, worked and died therein, the more we may feel an attachment to it.
Wallace had looked up the history of the building the night before. Now he knew the floor plan of the original church had been cruciform. However, when the population of pious lunatics in the original asylum increased when there was a fashionable outbreak in religiously-inspired manias in the nineteenth century, various extensions had been added to produce a rectangular space with a parallel row of bare stone pillars supporting a central nave. In the transition from asylum to college the congregation shrunk from a herd of insane believers to a few rational devout undergraduates.