Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Psychology Building

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Chemistry Building
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1948original construction Belluschi, Pietro
Designer: Pietro Belluschi
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick, glass
Roof: flat
ca. 1948-1992academic department building (chemistry)
ca. 1992-present (2006)academic department building (psychology)

The original Chemistry Building designed by Pietro Belluschi in 1948 represented an excellent example of post-WWII contemporary architecture. While it did not match the existing Gothic structures, it is a significant building of its time. In 1992, Reed constructed a new Chemistry Building and remodeled this building to house the Psychology Department. The exterior of the building was preserved as an example of this architectural period.


Ritz, Richard E. A History of the Reed College Campus and Its Buildings. Portland, OR: Trustees of the Reed Institute, 1990.


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