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Roxbury Community College and Reggie Lewis State Track and Athletic Center

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1973, Stull and Lee. 1234 Columbus Ave. 1995, Stull and Lee. 1350 Tremont St.
  • Roxbury Community College and Reggie Lewis State Track and Athletic Center (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Born of efforts to revitalize the Roxbury Crossing section of the city, Roxbury Community College, a state-supported two-year coed liberal arts college, is the only institution of higher education in New England said to serve a primarily minority-based population. Stull and Lee were the principal master site planners and architectural designers of this long-term project. Occupying a large site beginning at the corner of Tremont and Columbus, the group of four red brick buildings extends west along Columbus Avenue and includes centers for students, academic studies, media technology, and administration. Ample windows trimmed with white concrete lintels punctuate the red brick facade, and are the expression of a postmodern aesthetic. Exposed trusses on the roof and long grid window areas add a degree of excitement to the somewhat conventional facades.

Across Malcolm X Boulevard, Stull and Lee also designed the Reggie Lewis State Track and Athletic Center. Named after Reggie Lewis, a local basketball hero (Northeastern University and Boston Celtics) and social advocate in the Boston community, the center strives to perpetuate his legacy. This vision fosters academic achievement along with physical fitness to achieve a more just society. Within, an oval track serves many functions. Not only is the center part of Roxbury Community College, but also its facilities are open to the local community, participating in a variety of outreach programs.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Roxbury Community College and Reggie Lewis State Track and Athletic Center", [Boston, 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, 243-244.

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