Berkshire Music Shed
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Architect Eero Saarinen
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Location Tanglewood, Massachusetts   map
Date 1940   timeline
Building Type music performance space
 Construction System wood
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Modern
Notes By Stockbridge, Mass. One of Eero's first independent commissions.




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Discussion Berkshire Music Shed Commentary

"The opera shed accommodates the Berkshire Music Center’s productions of small operas and orchestral concerts. An auditorium of the required volume was achieved by exposing, above the roof, a series of trusses with laminated wood arch upper chords. The stepped-down roof itself lies in the planes of the bottom chords of the trusses (which also serve as girders) and provides equal distribution of sound waves."

— from Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Arthur Drexler, ed. Built in the USA: Post-war Architecture. p98.

Sources on Berkshire Music Shed

Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Arthur Drexler, ed. Built in the USA: Post-war Architecture. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1945. LC 68-57299. NA712.N45 1968. discussion p98.

James R. Holland. Tanglewood. Barre, MA: Barre Publishers, 1973. Aerial photo of site and music center. Gatefold inside front cover, left page.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. small exterior photo, p151. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by a true master of architectural photography. Available at

James S. Russell. "Opera Shed", Progressive Architecture, February 1947, Vol XXVIII Number III. p53. NA 1.P4 v.28. site plan, p53. plan, p54. section, p55. isometric of typical trusses, p58.  Find books about Berkshire Music Shed


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