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MIT Alumni Swimming Pool and Wang Fitness Center (Bldg. 57)

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Bldg. 57
1939, Anderson and Beckwith; 2004, Frank Gehry with Canon Associates. Access via 21 Ames St.
  • MIT Alumni Swimming Pool and Wang Fitness Center (Bldg. 57) (Keith Morgan)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)
  • (Dr. Meral Ekincioglu)

Cited as the building that marks the transition of MIT's architecture from Classical Revival to modern, this yellow brick and glass structure respectfully coexists with the older order. Following the credo of form follows function, the symmetrical, rectangular solid box features a large glass window oriented toward the south and set behind an enclosed court and garden for sunbathers. A high wall encloses the pool, whose entrance is on the west side of the pale ochre brick structure. The Wang Fitness Center connects the Alumni Swimming Pool to the Ray and Maria Stata Center (MT5) with locker rooms and space for conditioning.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "MIT Alumni Swimming Pool and Wang Fitness Center (Bldg. 57)", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 305-305.

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