Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Infobox_nrhp | name =Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
nrhp_type =



caption = The Carpenter Center
location= Cambridge, Massachusetts
lat_degrees = 42
lat_minutes = 22
lat_seconds = 23.28
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 71
long_minutes = 6
long_seconds = 52.66
long_direction = W
locmapin = Massachusetts
area =
built =1963
architect= Le Corbusier
architecture= No Style Listed
added = April 20, 1978
governing_body = Harvard University
refnum=78000435cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only building actually built by Le Corbusier in the United States, and one of only two in the Americas (the other is the Curutchet House in La Plata, Argentina). Le Corbusier designed it with the collaboration of Chilean architect Guillermo Jullian de la Fuente at his 35 rue de Sévres studio; the on-site preparation of the construction plans was handled by the office of José Luis Sert, then dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He had formerly worked in Le Corbusier's atelier and had been instrumental in winning him the commission. The building was completed in 1962.

The building was made possible by a $1,500,000 donation by the Carpenters, who never met the architect; in the end they had to increase their donation to meet increased building costs Fact|date=June 2008.

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Le Corbusier never actually saw the building. He was invited to the opening ceremony, but he declined the invitation on account of his poor health.

References

External links

* [http://www.galinsky.com/buildings/carpentercenter/ Photographs]
* [http://harvardfilmarchive.org/ Harvard Film Archive]
* [http://ves.fas.harvard.edu/ Department of Visual and Environmental Studies]
* [http://www.archlab.tuwien.ac.at/~carpent/carpenter/carpenter.html Research on the Carpenter Center]


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