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Senior House (Bldg. E2)

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Bldg. E2
1916, William Welles Bosworth. 104 Memorial Dr.

Three student residential houses—Crafts, Nichols, and Runkle—comprise MIT's first dormitory. Occupying a privileged position next to the President's House (MT21), this dignified complex, grouped around an L-shaped paved court, features a narrow frontage on Memorial Drive that belies the size and spaces within. A mélange of styles is evident from the stone blocks of the entrance that are crowned by a wood lattice à la japonais. Runkle House at the rear borders on the pompous with its lattice-covered stonework leading to fragile arched openings above a balcony and beneath a crowning cornice.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Senior House (Bldg. E2)", [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, 310-310.

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