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Lowell Lecture Hall

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1901–1902, Guy Lowell; 1993–1994, Robert Olson and Associates. 17 Kirkland St.
  • Lowell Lecture Hall (Keith Morgan)

Lowell Lecture Hall, at the corner of Kirkland and Oxford Streets, provides a rare example of French Beaux-Arts classicism on the Harvard campus. Designed by Guy Lowell, who had studied in Paris, the limestone and red brick building conveys a grandeur, seen in the pilastered framing of the mass and the pedimented doorways, that differs in spirit from the quieter Georgian Revival architecture that was then prevalent. The building was erected with an anonymous gift from A. Lawrence Lowell, Harvard's future president, to serve the many lecture courses that flourished under President Charles W. Eliot. In 1993–1994, it was reconstructed inside to function as both a lecture hall and a performance space.

Writing Credits

Maureen Meister


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Maureen Meister, "Lowell Lecture Hall", [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, 327-328.

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