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Architect Kallman McKinnell and Wood
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Location Cambridge, Massachusetts   map
Date 1977 to 1981   timeline
Building Type college center
 Construction System brick, wood, standing seam metal roof
Climate temperate
Context suburban
Style Modern Neo-Richardsonian
Notes Deep roof overhangs on sturdy brick piers provide a handsome Richardsonian allusion.




Lower Plan Drawing

Section Drawing

Section Drawing

Upper Plan Drawing

Discussion Academy of Arts and Sciences Commentary

"Occupying the crest of a hill on a site that once held a large house, the building shelters an academy while projecting a character that lies between house and institution, classical repose and romantic eccentricity, formal precision and indeterminacy, urbane assurance and rusticity, and even exhibiting a touch of rudeness. The overall building form, pyramidal in silhouette and ragged where it meets the earth, helps to complete the hill. The building is at once modern -- no one could mistake it for a contemporary of the neighboring nineteenth-century homes -- and resonant with reminders of building traditions. A studious observer may find traces of Victorian country homes, the English Arts and Crafts movement, Greene and Greene, the Viennese Secessionists and Frank Lloyd Wright. A casual wanderer through the bucolic grounds of the Academy may simply enjoy a sense of familiarity with the place, appreciating the accommodation between building and site."

—Alex Krieger, ed. The Architecture of Kallman McKinnell & Wood. p52.

Sources on Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Institute of Architects. American Architecture of the 1980s. Washington, D.C.: The American Institute of Architects Press, 1990. LC 89-18461. NA712.A64 1990. color photos of exterior, p58. section, p56. ground floor plan, p62. upper floor plan, p62.

Alex Krieger, ed. The Architecture of Kallmann McKinnell & Wood. originally published by Harvard University Graduate School of Design. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1988. photos, p52-65. plans and sketches, p54, 57. Color photo of interior view, atrium, and stair to administrative offices, fA, p18. Color photo of interior view of library, fE, p61. Color photo of exterior view of the eave and window detailing, fD, p65.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Academy of Arts and Sciences


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