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Phillips Brooks House

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1898, Alexander W. Longfellow Jr. Harvard Yard.

Phillips Brooks House was the first building on the Yard to be built in the Georgian Revival style, following the lead of McKim's Johnston Gate (HY1) and presenting a model for the buildings that would be erected in the decades ahead. Harvard's earliest surviving structures inspired Alexander W. Longfellow Jr., who reworked the windows from Harvard Hall (HY3) and the massing of Hollis (HY4.2) and Stoughton (HY4.3) halls to produce a three-story brick structure with pedimented entrance pavilion for the meeting rooms of the university's social service organizations. Even at the turn of the century, there were more than a few detractors of the old brick buildings, such as critic Montgomery Schuyler, who considered them “raw and bald,” so Longfellow's affirmation of them through his design was an important statement.

Writing Credits

Maureen Meister


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Maureen Meister, "Phillips Brooks House", [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, 317-317.

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