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.
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