Stop 4: Pierce Hall

  • Pierce Hall, front view
  • Pierce Hall, winter
  • Pierce Hall, front view
  • Pierce Hall, historic image
  • Pierce G16A, BioMedical Engineering Lab
  • Pierce 301: AP50 Rube Goldberg competition.
  • Pierce 301: Eric Mazur asks students to explain the physics demonstrated in their Rube Goldberg machine.
  • Pierce 301: Students must solve a series of riddles to break into a safe designed by others in the class.
  • Pierce 209: ES51 ATV competition
  • Pierce G11, Mechanical Engineering Lab: ES120 Stress Test
  • Pierce G11, Mechanical Engineering Lab: ES120 Stress Test
  • Pierce G12B, Machine Shop
  • Pierce G12B, Machine Shop
  • Pierce G7B, Environmental Engineering Lab
  • Pierce G11, Mechanical Engineering Lab: ES120 Bridge Stress Test
  • 3rd floor hall: Federico Capasso envisions a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions.
  • Pierce 301: Harry Lewis "Flips" the traditional teaching structure in CS20.
  • Pierce ground floor lounge
  • Pierce G11, Mechanical Engineering Lab: January Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Workshop

Built in 1901 and one of the oldest buildings on Oxford Street, Pierce Hall is at the center of the SEAS campus and activities. The structure was created to support the expansion of engineering in the early 20th century, with an emphasis on drafting (hence the skylights on the 3rd floor, where the new flexible-use classroom—the Stephanie F. Connaughton Room—now resides).

SEAS Administration and faculty offices are housed in this building, along with the SEAS Library, innovative classrooms, and teaching labs. Pierce is connected to Cruft Laboratory and Maxwell Dworkin by bridges.

The stately building is set back from Oxford Street and faces Holmes Field,establishing two primary elevations of the building: the formal front facing Oxford Street, and a campus front facing Holmes Field and the neighboring Law School. Classically composed and with elaborate masonry details and ornamentation on both primary facades, Pierce Hall contributes to the historic core of Oxford Street.

  • Built: 1901
  • Architects: Shaw and Hunnewell
  • Program: Classrooms; Teaching Labs; Research Labs; SEAS Library; Faculty Offices; Administration and Staff; Student Offices for AM/ME/Materials; Research Staff; Applied Math Undergraduate Lounge
  • Areas/Offices: Dean’s Office; Administration; Applied Mathematics; Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science
  • Gross SF: 98,926 GSF