60 Sachem Street, Yale University, New Haven, CT

Across the street from the large area where Yale recently demolished many buildings and will soon demolish Mudd Library, sits this building. It is a lesser-known work from those corporate giants, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, built in 1961. It was originally the Yale Computer Center, housed the Watson Astronomy Center from 1968 until 1977 and until very recently was the Yale School of Management, which recently moved to its own mammoth new building after another preservation fight.

The building evokes a series of interconnected pavilions and floats off the ground on the Sachem Street side with an at grade level entrance on Prospect Street. With its glass and black steel elements, it definitely speaks to Skidmore Owings and Merrill’s work of the time. Here one can see a picture of the building at night, which highlights its clean lines. Unfortunately with the recent removal of the School of Management, it is rumored that Yale will demolish this building at some point too. Another loss from a major, respected firm.

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