House of the Academy
The first home of the American Academy was the Philosophy Chamber of Harvard College.
It was there, in 1779, that John Adams
proposed to the Reverend Samuel Cooper
idea for the formation of an Academy. One year later, the Massachusetts legislature
enacted the Charter of the Academy. For the next sixty years the new society used
the Philosophy Chamber as its meeting place.
During the nineteenth century the Academy shared quarters with the Boston Athenæum
and later the Massachusetts Historical Society. It next moved to 28 Newbury Street
in 1904 and remained there until 1955.
For a few years the Academy was again peripatetic, borrowing meeting places from
neighbors. Then an arrangement was worked out with the Brandegee Charitable Foundation,
and the Academy moved to Faulkner Farm in Brookline. The Academy remained there
until the completion of a brand new house, the Academy's first permanent home, designed
for the Academy at 136 Irving Street in Cambridge in 1981.
|Breaking ground on the new House of the Academy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.|
The completion of the new building brought form to a two-hundred-year history of
intellectual endeavor. Made possible through the vision and generosity of Edwin
Land, the House of the Academy was created to provide an intimate home for scholarly
thought. Its award-winning design, by the architectural firm Kallmann McKinnell
& Wood, incorporates many metaphors, borrowing elements from ancient Greek cities,
Renaissance Tuscan villas, and the twentieth-century American and British Arts and
Crafts style. The House now stands as a “House of the Mind,” the American Academy’s
national headquarters, and a center for scholarly exchange.
The Norton’s Woods Conference Center at the American Academy provides an ideal environment
for educational meetings, retreats, dinners, or receptions. Read more about the
Academy’s conference facilities.
Take a virtual tour of the Norton’s Woods Conference Center.
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Follow these directions to Norton’s Woods.