Kresge Auditorium
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Architect Eero Saarinen
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Location Cambridge, Massachusetts   map
Date 1950 to 1955   timeline
Building Type school auditorium
 Construction System thin shell concrete dome, copper roof
Climate temperate
Context urban park campus
Style Structuralist Modern
Notes At MIT campus. Spherical-segment dome with triangularized plan.


Exterior photo of auditorium from rear, showing copper roof being replaced


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Discussion Kresge Auditorium Commentary

"This festival hall on the banks of the Charles River contains a little theater, a concert hall, and rehearsal rooms. It is noted for its graceful white dome: one-eighth of a sphere anchored on hidden abutments at three points. On the three faces between, glass walls arch upward to meet its thin concrete shell."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p116.

Sources on Kresge Auditorium

Werner Blaser and Monica Stucky. Drawings of Great Buildings. Boston: Birkhauser Verlag, 1983. ISBN 3-7643-1522-9. LC 83-15831. NA2706.U6D72 1983. plan and section drawings, p160. — Available at

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. unit to whole diagram, p161. — Updated edition available at

Toshio Nakamura, ed. Architecture and Urbanism Extra Edition: Eero Saarinen. A + U E8404, April, 1984. Tokyo: A + U Publishing Co.. Color photo of exterior, p50.

Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen on his work. xNA737.S2852 1968. p40.

Aline B. Saarinen, ed. Eero Saarinen on His Work. London: Yale University Press, 1968. section, p40.

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. exterior photo, p124. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by the master of architectural photography. available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Kresge Auditorium


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