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Yale University

Beinecke Library, Yale University

Beinecke Library, Yale University

This remarkable jewel-box is the Beinecke Library for Rare Books on the campus of Yale University.  It is as close to a perfectly conceived and executed building as I have seen, certainly one of the greatest work of American architecture.

Yale Art and Architecture Building

Yale Art and Architecture Building

I recently made a trip back to New Haven and visited my grad school haunt, the Yale Art and Architecture building. To say that it is a remarkable building does not do justice to its monumental and cruel presence.  Siting on the edge of Yale's collegiate gothic campus, the stark Brutalist hulk has a severe monumentality that perfectly reflects the role of architecture and architects at its 1963 completion.

Return to New Haven

Return to New Haven

I recently spent a long weekend in New Haven, Connecticut, the town of my grad school and a place I have not visited in more than twenty years.  I can happily confirm what so many folks have told me - that New Haven is a dramatically nicer and safer place than it was when I was at Yale in the early 1990s.