Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College

Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College

Paul Rudolph, 1958

Rafael Moneo with Payette Associates, renovation, 1994

One of his first major projects, the Jewett Arts Center allowed Rudolph to exercise his modern style in the context of Wellesley's Collegiate Gothic academic quad. The building's scale relates to the surrounding campus while his detailing previews his future work using more sculptural forms: brickwork brought to subtle vertical creases adds shape to large walls, and concrete stair-ends emerge through the brick. The metal window screens soften the mass of the larger building and diffuse light like stained glass, while the skylights evoke peaked gothic rooflines. For some, this represents Rudolph's best work.

Jewett currently contains Wellesley’s Music Library, practice studios, classrooms, listening rooms, and Wellesley’s 63,000-volume art and architecture library. At its center is Jewett Art Gallery, no longer the home of Wellesley’s art collection but instead a venue for student artworks and faculty exhibits designed for teaching.