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Grover M. Hermann Building (Bldg. E53)

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Bldg. E53
1965, Eduardo Catalano. 30 Wadsworth St.

Part of the Sloan complex on East Campus, this building, endowed by Grover Hermann, known as an architect and builder of corporate enterprises, houses the Dewey Library for Management and Social Sciences. Like its neighbor, Eastgate (MT28), it is composed of cast concrete with two upper stories projecting above a slanted base and entrance. Access is by way of a low stepped platform. A large paved plaza enlivened by an area for talk and food, with its finished multigrained round tables accompanied by circular seating, fronts the building. Picasso's Figure découpée (1963), a cut-out figure incised in cast concrete and representing a bird viewed from multiple directions, is a prelude to the plaza. A bridge connects the building to the Tang Center for Management Education (MT25).

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Grover M. Hermann Building (Bldg. E53)", [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, 311-312.

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