Newman Catholic Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

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On the edge of campus at N. Pleasant Street and Massachusetts Avenue is UMass’s Newman Catholic Center. It opened in April 1963. The Newman Center is one of hundreds across the country, existing as spiritual centers for Catholic students attending a secular college or university.

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Although I have not been able to discover who the architect is, the building has a standard mid-century design and could pass for a residence hall, classroom building or even hotel except for minimal detailing like the metal crosses and the statue of Cardinal Newman above the door.

IMG_7455The lower level at the rear includes a cafe.

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