Restoring the MIT Great Dome and Barker Library Rotunda

April 23, 2015
Publication: The Society for College University Planning (SCUP) 2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference
Author(s): Peter Babaian Carl Jay Benjamin E. Markham Gary Tondorf Dick

Fewer iconic buildings exist than the Great Dome on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  In the 1940s, MIT covered the oculus in the dome, dimming the beauty of the original design.  More than 60 yrs later, MIT decided to reopen the oculus and restore the Barker Library Reading Room to its original grandeur.  Learn about the challenges of understanding and replicating early 1900s design and construction in the 2000s.  The resulting restoration has recreated a truly inspirational space.