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Lawrence Bernhart Anderson.

Oral history, 1984.

Manuscript Collection - MC 274

Biographical Note | Scope and Content Note


Lawrence Bernhart Anderson, 1906-1994, B.S. in architecture, 1927, University of Minnesota; M.Arch. 1930, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the Paris prize for study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and spent three years abroad before coming to MIT as an assistant professor in 1933. He became a full professor in 1944. He was chairman of the Department of Architecture, 1947-1954, and dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, 1965-1971. He was also a partner in the firm of Anderson, Beckwith & Haible, founded in 1937. He designed the Alumni Pool and other buildings at MIT with Herbert L. Beckwith. Anderson advised and consulted on civic developments, campus planning, and government buildings in the United States and abroad. He was consultant for the University of Minnesota's West Campus, the Boston University School of Medicine, and the University Circle Development Corporation in Cleveland; the town of Lincoln, Mass.; and Baltimore's (Md.) Inner Harbor Management Project. He was on the advisory panel of the State Department's Office of Foreign Buildings. As advisor to the Boston Government Center Commission, he managed the Boston City Hall competition, 1960-1962.

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.1 cubic foot (1 folder)

Collection consists of transcripts of Anderson's interviews with Walter Netsch (S.B. in architecture, 1943, MIT, and general partner of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) and Harry Weese (S.B. in architecture, 1938, MIT, and principal partner of Harry Weese & Associates) on student life at the Institute and their involvement in the architectural profession. Also includes a transcript of Anderson's interview with Charles Correa (S.M. in architecture, MIT 1955), who was invited to teach at MIT for the academic year 1962-1963. The interview concentrates on Correa's student days at MIT and his personal and professional development upon his return to India from MIT.

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