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Boston Architectural College (BAC)

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1963–1967, Ashley Myer and Associates; 1977 mural, Richard Haas. 320 Newbury St.
  • Boston Architectural College (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)

Housing a unique institution founded in 1867, BAC is staffed by professional architects, largely volunteers, and open to working students on a part-time basis. The design, the result of a competition, is composed of a concrete frame, which forms a lively exterior and provides logical evidence of divisions in the building's functions—library, meeting rooms, studios, and classrooms. The glass-enclosed exhibition space and lobby at ground level achieve street and public contact. In contrast to the building's contemporary language, Richard Haas's trompe l'oeil mural on the western wall represents a section of a Beaux-Arts domed building, a style then being studied and later revived as a prelude to postmodernism.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Boston Architectural College (BAC)", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 179-179.

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