Category Archives: Massachusetts

New Quincy House, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

New Quincy, a component of the larger Quincy House complex, was designed in 1958-59 by the Boston firm of Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson, and Abbott. The firm also designed Leverett Towers nearby. New Quincy is a more modest height (eight stories including … Continue reading

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Leverett Towers and Leverett House Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

The Leverett Towers complex of 1959-60 is Harvard’s first high rise residential structure and occupies a prominent location just off the intersection of Memorial Drive and Dewolfe Street. The towers are coed dorms and also include some offices and classrooms. … Continue reading

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University Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA

University Lutheran Church is located on quaint Winthrop Street off Harvard Square in Cambridge. It was built in 1950-51 and was the first church built in Cambridge after WWII, according to the church website. Although the exterior remains the same, … Continue reading

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Washburn Hall, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Nestled in Cambridge close to Harvard is the Brattle Campus, a historic complex created for Episcopal Divinity School and now shared with Lesley University. The site includes two mid-century structures one being Lesley’s dining commons, the low-slung Washburn Hall. It dates … Continue reading

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Larsen Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Roy Edward Larsen Hall was built in 1963-65 for Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and named for a Harvard donor and former chairman of Time Magazine. It is located on a narrow little street called Appian Way, which due to … Continue reading

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Loeb Drama Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Harvard University’s Loeb Drama Center is sited on Brattle Street in Cambridge surrounded by historic residences as well as several other mid-century structures, most owned by Harvard. The complex houses the prominent American Repertory Theater and was designed by Hugh … Continue reading

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The First Lutheran Church, Boston, MA

 This church is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, at the corner of Marlborough and Berkeley Streets, across the street from Paul Rudolph’s interventions at the First and Second Church, which we will address another time. First Lutheran … Continue reading

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Sabin-Reed and McConnell Halls, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Sabin-Reed and McConnell Halls were both built in 1967 by the firm Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. The firm designed buildings all across the Northeast and beyond and are most well-known in some circles for being the successor firm to H. … Continue reading

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Wright Hall, Smith College, Northampton, MA

Wright Hall is a two-story academic building on the Smith campus. It was built in 1961 by architects William and Geoffrey Platt, whose father Charles Platt was a well-known country house architect. Geoffrey Platt was also the first chair of … Continue reading

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Edwards Church, Northampton, MA

This church sits at the prominent intersection of State, Main  and New South Streets. This is the third building and the second on this site for Edwards Church, a congregation that has existed since 1833. The previous Victorian-era church was the … Continue reading

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