Le Corbusier in North America


The ugliest building on Harvard’s campus just might be its most beautiful

Bradley Campbell @PRI

Fifty years ago, a genius architect with the pseudonym “Le Corbusier” completed a building designed to inspire art at Harvard University. Le Corbusier turned the idea of a building inside out. A curving concrete entry ramp lifted students skyward from the street, bisecting the space. Classrooms appeared to float above the famed Harvard Yard. And natural light illuminated its interior. The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts stood out among the staid red bricks of its neighbors. It was new, modern, imaginative and interesting.

Many at Harvard hated it.

Fifty years later, it’s easy to see why.

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