Carpenter Center
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Architect Le Corbusier
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Location Cambridge, Massachusetts   map
Date 1961 to 1964   timeline
Building Type university art center
 Construction System reinforced cast-in-place concrete masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban campus
Style Modern
Notes full name "Carpenter Visual Arts Center" at Harvard University.
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Discussion Carpenter Center Commentary

"This, Le Corbusier's only major building in the United States—designed to house classes in architecture, film, and other arts—has struck some critics as surprisingly 'modest and accommodating.' Its concrete exterior has a smooth, precise finish; tall, thin columns break up its interior spaces. A great curvilinear ramp bisects the structure and connects with the main stair and an exhibition space."

— from Sylvia Hart Wright. Sourcebook of Contemporary North American Architecture: From Postwar to Postmodern. p72.

Resources
Sources on Carpenter Center

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. shifted geometry diagram, p192. binuclear diagram, p205. — Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Eduard F. Sekler and William Curtis. Le Corbusier at Work: The Genesis of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978. Faculty Club or south elevation drawing, f13, p357. Fogg Museum or north elevation drawing, f12, p357. Prescot Street or east elevation drawing, f11, p355. Quincy Street or west elevation drawing, f10, p355. longitudinal section drawing, f9, p353. transverse section drawing, f8, p353. roof plan drawing, f7, p351. plan level 4 drawing, f5, p349. basement plan drawing, f1, p345.

Dennis Sharp. Twentieth Century Architecture: a Visual History. New York: Facts on File, 1990. ISBN 0-8160-2438-3. NA680.S517. exterior photos, small interior photo, p257. — Available at Amazon.com

Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. exterior medium-close photo, f 313, p 389. — An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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