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Tang Hall (Bldg. W84) and Westgate (Bldg. W85)

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Bldg. W84
1972, Hugh Stubbins and Associates. 550 Memorial Dr. 1972, Hugh Stubbins and Associates. 540 Memorial Dr.

Defining the MIT campus on the farthest west end, two high-rise residential buildings serve as the principal landmarks, the more conspicuous Tang Hall, a twenty-four-story tower on Memorial Drive, and Westgate slightly behind. The former, its entrance on the east side, houses graduate students; the latter, with its entrance facing the river, is for families. Both are concrete-clad steel structures; the Tang's chamfered corners provide river views, whereas Westgate features such amenities as playgrounds, a picnic area, and tennis courts. A huge red steel sculpture by Tony Smith (1961) is a powerful presence enlivening the landscape.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Tang Hall (Bldg. W84) and Westgate (Bldg. W85)", [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, 309-309.

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