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For possible re-incorporation[edit]

(from Talk:Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Lavoisier, for example, is placed in the company of Boyle, Cavendish, Priestley, Dalton, Gay Lussac, Berzelius, Woehler, Liebig, Bunsen, Mendelejeff [sic], Perkin, and van't Hoff.

The organization of building numbers on campus may appear random, but there is some order to it and it is believed to roughly correspond to the order in which the buildings were built. Buildings 1-10 were the original main campus, with building 10, the location of the Great Dome, designed to be the main entrance. Buildings 1-8 are arranged symmetrically around building 10, with odd-numbered buildings to the west and even-numbered buildings to the east.

The east side of campus has "the 6s", several connecting buildings that end with the digit 6 (buildings 6, 16, 26, 36, 56 and 66, with building 46 across the street from 36). The 30s buildings run along Vassar street on the north side of main campus. Buildings that are East of Ames Street are prefixed with an E (e.g. E52, the Sloan Bulding); those West of Massachusetts Avenue generally start with a W (e.g., W20, the Stratton Student Center).

Bosworth's design was drawn so as to admit large amounts of light through exceptionally large windows on the first and second floors, many internal windows—not only on office doors but above door-level, and skylights over huge stairwells.

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What is "Boston Tech"?[edit]

The very second section of this article is headed "Boston Tech (1865-1910)". Having dropped this name, unbelievably, you proceed not to use it again.

One, what's a "Tech"?

Two, either cover what you name, or delete what you don't cover.

--Jim Luedke Jimlue (talk) 08:10, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Connections between Infinite Corridor and newer buildings[edit]

I graduated from MIT years ago, and I'm trying to remember exactly how the infinite corridor connected to the rest of the campus. I remember it connecting via stairs to Buildings 9, 13, and 16, each of which connected to other parts of the campus.

I remember that the 1st floor, at the Building 8 end, had stairs going down to the 1st floor of Building 16 and up to the 2nd floor of Building 16. I think the 2nd floor of Building 8 had stairs going up that connected to the 3rd floor of Building 16. I seem to remember the 3rd floor of Building 8 connecting at grade level (no stairs) to the 4th floor of Building 16, and the 4th floor of Building 8 connecting at grade level (no stairs) to the 5th floor of Building 16. Is that all correct? What about the basement? I'm thinking that the basement of Building 8 had stairs going down to the basement of Building 16. Also, if I remember right, every floor of Building 16 connected directly to Building 26, and every floor of Building 26 connecting directly to Building 36. Is that all correct? I know for sure that Building 56 was an extension of 16, and that most floors connected to Building 66, but the connection at the top level (5th floor?) of Building 66 was locked (and had an outdoor breezeway).

What I don't remember is exactly how the infinite corridor connected to Building 9 and the rest of the buildings to the north. I vaguely remember stairs on the 1st floor of Building 7 going up to the 2nd floor of Building 9. But then how did Building 9 connect to Building 33, which is actually even older than Building 7? I'm guessing Building 9 had another set of stairs leading up to the 2nd floor of Building 33, but I really don't remember? What about the other floors of Buildings 7, 9, and 33? All I remember for sure was that the 3rd floor of Building 9 had a set of stairs that was blocked at the bottom, and there was a mural of Wile E. Coyotte at the bottom. And I think the 3rd floor of Building 7 connected at grade to the 4th floor of Building 9, and the 4th floor of Building 7 connected at grade to the 5th floor of Building 9. But no idea how any floor of Building 9 connected to Building 33. I'm guessing that Buildings 33, 35, 37, 39, 38, 34, and 36 all connect at grade (no stairs) at every floor. No idea about 32, that didn't exist when I was at MIT.

I remember the 1st floor of Building 10 having stairs down to the 1st floor of Building 13. I don't remember the other connections between 10 and 13. I think the 2nd floor of Building 10 had stairs up to the 3rd floor of Building 10. And the 3rd floor of Building 10 connected at grade to the 4th floor of Building 13, and the 4th floor of Building 10 connected at grade to the 5th floor of Building 13. Is there any connection between 13 and 9?

68.193.18.102 (talk) 05:04, 2 February 2012 (UTC)

The above info should go to Talk:Infinite Corridor, though it probably is too detailed for that article as well. Thank you anyway. Reify-tech (talk) 03:28, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Adding Neutral Point of View tag to Campus Organization SEction[edit]

Adding Neutral Point of View tag to Campus Organization section because it seems to be trying to justify MIT's numbering system by criticizing Harvard's.

AtticusRex (talk) 21:04, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

The comparison with Harvard (the other big university in Cambridge) is just for the sake of a concrete comparison using real buildings, rather than a hypothetical. A comparison with Boston University or Wellesley College would be just as illustrative. Perhaps a sentence could be added pointing out that the widespread use of a building numbering system differs from most colleges in the area, not just Harvard. Reify-tech (talk) 14:43, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Reify-tech (talk) 03:28, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Photo request[edit]

It would be great if someone could provide a photograph of building 66, the Landau building at Ames St. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 14:57, 7 October 2014 (UTC)