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Hayden Library (Bldg. 14)

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Bldg. 14
1949, Vorhees, Walker, Foley and Smith and Anderson and Beckwith. 160 Memorial Dr.

The main MIT library, housing the collections of science, music, and humanities and the institute archives, also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions. From Memorial Drive, a large grass lawn features as its sole ornament a Corten steel sculpture expressing energy and motion; Angola (1968), by Isaac Witkin, is set before a two-story facade with nine glass bays. Designed about a central courtyard featuring three Jacques Lipchitz sculptures (including The Birth of the Muses [1941]), the building is composed of glass and limestone facades, which evoke Welles Bosworth's original Classical Revival building (MT1). But variations are evident in the windows; constituting the principal vertical element of the facades, they project from, rather than recede into, the wall. Major sculptural works enhance the building, both inside and outside: for example, Dimitri Hadzi's Elmo-MIT (1963), Ellsworth Kelly's Curve (1974), Auguste Rodin's Large Head of Iris (c. 1890), and Antoine Bourdelle's Tragic Mask of Beethoven (1901).

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Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Hayden Library (Bldg. 14)", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-MT11.

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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, 306-306.

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