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Museum of Our National Heritage
1975, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott; 1999 addition, Gary Wolf. 33 Marrett Rd.

The National Heritage Museum, built by the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry to commemorate the bicentennial of the nation's founding, represents the successful integration of an 82,000-square-foot museum complex into a residential neighborhood. The reduced scale is achieved by distributing the museum's functions among six shed-roofed components grouped around a courtyard, some of which recede into a hillside. Built without windows, except at the clerestory level and at the ends of corridors, the structure features elegantly detailed textured red brick walls and copper roofs. In 1999, the Farr Conference Center was built within the courtyard.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan



  • 1975

  • 1999

    Farr Conference Center built

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Keith N. Morgan, "National Heritage Museum", [Lexington, 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, 440-440.

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