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Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

24 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
TEL: (617) 495-3251

The only Le Corbusier-built structure in the United States, the Carpenter Center stands in stark contrast to its more staid neighbors on Harvard Yard in Cambridge. Completed in 1962, its styled concrete designinspired by the human lungsreflects Le Corbusier’s five points of architecture while incorporating flourishes characteristic of his later work, such as the ramp that sweeps through the interior, allowing visitors to see into the working art studios of Harvard’s Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. The Carpenter Center hosts avant-garde exhibitions in film, photography, animation, and illustration.

Insider Tip:

For film lovers, the Carpenter Center offers screenings of rare, classic and/or experimental films on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings when school is in session.


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  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Guided Tours
  • General Admission
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Indoor
  • Local Favorite
  • Parking Available



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