NESAH Tour: Finnish-American Architecture at MIT

MIT Chapel Lighting

NESAH Tour: Finnish-American Architecture at MIT

Saturday, September 19, 2015

10:30-Noon

Meet at: 77 Massachusetts Ave

All tour participants must RSVP with their complete name to newenglandsah@gmail.com by 5pm Thursday, September 17.

All tour participants must bring valid ID for entry to Baker House.

In the decade after World War II, the architectural expansion of MIT westward from its initial Cambridge campus brought opportunities for both Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen to contribute to the campus. These notable architects of Finnish heritage brought incorporated striking uses of material, light, and form within their vocabularies of modern design. This tour of Aalto’s Baker House dormitory and Saarinen’s MIT Chapel will focus on the buildings’ inception, construction, evolution, and use by the MIT community, as well as their rehabilitations after more than five decades of occupancy. Architect, MIT alumnus and former Baker House resident David M Foxe (Safdie Architects) will join David Fixler FAIA (Principal, EYP Architecture and Engineering) to lead the tour. David Fixler was the architect of the rehabilitation work for both Baker House starting in the late 1990s, and more recently for the MIT Chapel.

All tour participants must RSVP with their complete name to newenglandsah@gmail.com by 5pm Thursday, September 17. All tour participants must bring valid ID for entry to Baker House.

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