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dc.creatorEero Saarinen (American architect, 1910-1961)
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-19T22:03:05Z
dc.date.available2016-02-19T22:03:05Z
dc.identifierttu_sasser_000334
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2346/66518
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dc.languageen
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dc.titleMIT Chapel
vra.imageagentElizabeth Sasser
vra.imagerightsElizabeth Sasser
vra.workculturalcontextAmerican
vra.workdate1950-1955 (creation)
vra.workdescriptionThe MIT Chapel (dedicated 1955) is a non-denominational chapel. It is located on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, next to Kresge Auditorium and Kresge Oval, which Saarinen also designed. Though a small building, it is often noted as a successful example of mid-century modern architecture in the US. Saarinen also designed the landscaping surrounding all three. Leland Roth included the building in his History of American Architecture, using it to illustrate the contrast between Saarinen's approach and that of Mies (who designed a chapel for IIT). Roth said that "through the sheer manipulation of light and the its focus on a blazingly white marble altar block, Saarinen created a place of mystic quiet." The chapel's curving spire and bell tower was designed by the sculptor Theodore Roszak and was added in 1956. A full-height metal sculpture by Harry Bertoia glitters from the circular skylight down to the marble altar.
vra.worklocationMassachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States)
vra.workmaterialbrick
vra.workmaterialconcrete
vra.workstyleperiodModernist
vra.worksubjectarchitectural exteriors
vra.worksubjectmeditation
vra.worksubjectprayer
vra.worksubjectworship
vra.worksubjectMid-Century Modern
vra.worktitleMIT Chapel
vra.workworktypereligious buildings
vra.workworktypechapels (rooms or structures)
vra.worktitle.alternateInterdenominational Chapel
vra.workdate.century20th century
vra.workclassificationArchitecture and City Planning
vra.worklocation.note48 Massachusetts Ave
dc.contributor.creatorElizabeth Sasser
dc.contributor.creatorEero Saarinen (American architect, 1910-1961)


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