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Kresge Chapel
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Architect Eero Saarinen
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Location Cambridge, Massachusetts   map
Date 1955   timeline
Building Type chapel
 Construction System brick
Climate temperate
Context urban park campus
Style Modern
Notes At MIT. Cylindrical internally oriented space.
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Discussion Kresge Chapel Commentary

“This interdenominational chapel built on a small hemmed-in site masterfully achieves an atmosphere conducive to meditation. Reached by a glassed-in walkway that crosses a tiny moat, on the outside it’s a windowless, brick-faced cylinder; inside, its brick walls undulate gently and natural light comes in indirectly from the sides and above.”

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p117.

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Sources on Kresge Chapel

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. plan geometry diagram, p183. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

William S. Saunders. Modern Architecture—Photographs by Ezra Stoller. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3816-2. interior photo, p153. — A wonderful & inspiring book of beautiful photographs by a true master of architectural photography. Available at Amazon.com

Toshio Nakamura, ed. Architecture and Urbanism Extra Edition: Eero Saarinen. A + U E8404, April, 1984. Tokyo: A + U Publishing Co. color photo of exterior, p60. color photo of interior, p64.

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