Chartered in 1904 to provide training in the mechanical arts, Wentworth Institute of Technology inaugurated its thirty-acre Fenway-area campus with this U-shaped grouping of three buildings. Peabody and Stearns designed the three structures: Williston Hall (western wing, 1910), Wentworth Hall (center, 1914), and Dobbs Hall (eastern wing, 1916). The division of Wentworth Hall's Classical Revival facade into nine equal 16-foot bays, demarcated by six monumental Tuscan columns, provides visual evidence of the system of standard building units that Peabody and Stearns used in the early construction on campus. Built of tan brick trimmed with white limestone, Wentworth Hall complements the Museum of Fine Arts (FL12) across Huntington Avenue and many other prominent Fenway institutional structures.
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