Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School

Gordon Hall, HMS

Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, 1907

Preservation Achievement Award, 2017

A grand composition in white marble on axis with Avenue Louis Pasteur, the Harvard Medical School is one of the high points of Boston’s turn-of-the-twentieth-century classical revival style. Though now surrounded by the booming medical industry in the Fenway, the primary axis of HMS remains a powerful organizing element in the area.

The marble exterior has recently benefited from extensive restoration and repair, combining 21st century technologies with 19th century carving and masonry skills. Using laser scanning, 3D printing, and computer-driven CNC machines as well as hand carving, custom built equipment, and conservation techniques, 30 skilled masons and other experts completed the marble repairs in six months. As much of the original material was preserved as possible, but when new marble needed to be added was done with great care and skill to replicate original profiled and carved elements with museum quality stone work.

Source: Boston Preservation Alliance