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Medical Education Center

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1987, Ellenzweig Associates. 260 Longwood Ave.

Alone among the more recent buildings on Longwood Avenue, the Medical Education Center looks toward the original Beaux-Arts-inspired white marble buildings of Harvard Medical School. In scale, materials, and articulation of bays, the four-story structure is in harmony with the classical wall it abuts, though its appearance is quite different. This austere facade provides a strong contrast to the skylit atrium within, consisting of a true forum—a meeting place for students and faculty. Marble busts of physician-educators on the corridors' balconies gaze down upon their descendents. A courtyard, formed with the exterior wall of the older building, frames the square tables set on a diamond patterned ground for outdoor congregating.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Medical Education Center", [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, 192-193.

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