Massachusetts Institute of Technology Chapel, Building W 15, west of Massachusetts Avenue
Eero Saarinen, 1955
I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.
About the MIT Chapel:
I’m thrilled to see another Modernist building on the list especially given the current worldwide threats facing buildings of the recent past. The chapel, which is non-denominational, is a small cylinder in shape set atop a moat (water runs underneath it to say the least). One of the most memorable things about this building is not how comfortable it feels while inside, but the beautiful patterns that the light reflects in the interior as it interacts with the water. This is one building that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime and if you happen to be in Boston, it is just across the Charles River. In fact, it is a short walk from the Kendall Redline stop or MBTA bus #1 stops a few feet away from this gem.