buildings I love

Ryan Pano of chapel web

Panorama by Ryan Anas, other shots by Kate.

Bertoia and Saarinen web

Today we visited some of my favorite buildings at MIT. We went to see the Kresge Auditorium and the MIT Chapel, both by Eero Saarinen. The metal sculpture is by Harry Bertoia.

Below, the shot of Ryan under the oculus shows things about the structure that are hard to see just looking up at it with eyes. The camera sees so much more.

ryan bertoia

Bertoia 3 web

Below, Kellner, on the back side of the sculpture, behind the altar. There are stairs that go down to a lower level.

Kellner in Saarinen web

After that, we walked into the McLaurin Building (the one with the huge dome that can be seen from Harvard) to check out the newly exposed oculus. We lay back in excellent triangle pleather chairs and reveled in the beautiful mathematics of the structure.

MIT Reading Room

The sign says, “If you see unusual behavior, please call…”

MIT library oculus

After that, the Gehry.

There was a beautiful installation in the lobby; a tribute to the MIT police officer slain during the flight of the Boston Marathon bombers.

cranes memorial MIT

Doriot at the Gehry

Gehry MIT 5


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  1. Thank you for the wonderful tours of Boston. You are in great company too. What fun!

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