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Rosovsky Hall, Harvard Hillel

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1992–1994, Moshe Safdie and Associates. 52 Mount Auburn St.

Harvard Hillel is part of a nationwide organization providing Jewish college students with facilities for worship, study, and social activities. Moshe Safdie's design for Rosovsky Hall is a virtuoso geometric composition wherein a circle is surrounded by three rectangles within an overall modified Greek cross. Three rectangular solids—two congregational spaces and one for dining, library, and offices—are defined by skylit barrel vaults faced in leaded copper, all grouped around a circular colonnaded court. Supposedly uniting these parts with the Harvard quadrangles, the open court above street level serves as a gathering place in clement weather and for the weeklong Feast of Tabernacles. Materials are rich and varied, and the walls are limestone-colored precast concrete and brick. The glass-and-stone framed entrance pavilion, however, fails in its attempt to establish a dialogue with the Harvard Lampoon (see HS4) opposite.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Rosovsky Hall, Harvard Hillel", [Cambridge, 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, 334-335.

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