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Harvard-Yenching Institute

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Institute of Geographical Exploration
1930, Horace Trumbauer; 1957, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. 2 Divinity Ave.
  • Harvard-Yenching Institute (Institute of Geographical Exploration)

A small gem by the architect for Widener Library (HY11), the former Institute of Geographical Exploration is a handsome two-story structure in red brick with marble trim. One can note especially the carved marble map over the door. The works of Robert Adam and Charles Bulfinch inform this long, low, restrained design. In 1957, the Shepley firm remodeled the building for Harvard-Yenching Institute, adding a library addition to the rear that is sympathetic in scale and materials. Founded in 1928 by aluminum pioneer Charles M. Hall, Harvard-Yenching Institute is an independent foundation that supports the advancement of the humanities and social sciences in East and Southeast Asia.

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Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Harvard-Yenching Institute", [Cambridge, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-NY17.

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, 329-329.

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