Mason Street Building

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Title

Mason Street Building

Subject

Harvard Medical School
Engravings (prints)

Description

The Harvard Corporation, at the instigation of the Medical Faculty, petitioned the Massachusetts state legislature for funds to build an adequate home for the Medical School. The Faculty received a grant of $18,000 to obtain land and erect the first structure specifically for its needs, a brick building on Mason Street, near Boston Common. The new facility opened in 1816, and while the Medical School prospectus described it as "large and handsome…. Its apartments are spacious and convenient," the structure measured only 83 feet long and 43 feet wide. The Mason Street building did include two amphitheater-style lecture halls, an anatomical theater, chemical laboratory, dissecting rooms, and a 3,000 volume library, and its interior was illuminated by a skylight. Because of the state funding for its construction, the building was often referred to as the "Massachusetts Medical College." Harvard would occupy the Mason Street building for the next twenty years.

Abstract

Engraving of the Mason Street Building

Creator

Unknown

Date Created

1824

Rights

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Harvard Medical School Buildings and Grounds, Early Locations. Images, ca. 1824-1975. Image: 00097.181. Location: S003.01

References

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Format

image

Extent

1 engraving

Language

English

Type

still image

Provenance

From the Collections of the Harvard Medical Library

Files

http://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/bldg_mason_street.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Mason Street Building,” OnView, accessed April 15, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6601.