Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Along the Charles River

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly, usually of weather vanes in the Nutfield, New Hampshire area (Londonderry, Derry, Windham), but sometimes they can be from anywhere. Occasionally they are elsewhere in New England, or very historical weather vanes from anywhere else. Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weathervanes, too!

Do you know the location of weather vane #99?  Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

For years this building along Memorial Drive and the Charles River in Cambridge was known as Ashdown house.  It was formerly used graduate student housing for MIT students until it was completely renovated and remodeled as undergraduate housing.  This building re-opened as Maseeh Hall in 2011, named in recognition of Fariborz Maseeh (ScD '90 MIT), a generous donor.   My husband's 30th reunion MIT Class dinner was held in the Howard Dining Hall here, which looks a bit like Hogwarts.

The two towers flanking the courtyard feature two weathervanes!  Unlike Harvard, there is a dearth of weathervanes on the MIT campus.  Most of the buildings are too modern.  It would have been fantastic if I. M. Pei or Frank Geary had incorporated a few weathervanes into the newer buildings on the MIT campus.

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

1 comment:

  1. Funny, we just rolled past the Charles to get to the Fenway exit on Storrow (we are Red Sox fans), and now we are in the Buckminster Hotel waiting for the delayed night game to start. I never thought about weather vanes in Boston. I'm going to start looking and noticing. Love the photos.