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Ashdown House (Bldg. W1) (Riverbank Court)
This brick Tudor-style manor, originally known as Riverbank Court, was designed to be a luxurious apartment house facing the new Cambridge esplanade, today's Memorial Drive. When that real estate scheme failed, the building became a student dormitory under the auspices of MIT. It is best viewed from the Harvard Bridge (see EC2), where its prominent corner site and crenellated roof lend a distinctive image to the building's mass, relieved by the central open court fronting on the river. Ashdown House, by dint of its site, marks the beginning of the residential/recreational west campus of MIT.
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