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Historian and author Douglass Shand-Tucci, the Harvard-educated independent scholar, is founder of Back Bay Historical, dedicated to Boston-Centric Global Studies &pipe; Art and Architecture; Literary, Cultural and Intellectual History. He is the author of many books, including Boston Bohemia, Built in Boston, The Art of Scandal, the Harvard University Campus Guide, and The Crimson Letter.

Douglass Shand-Tucci lives in Boston's Back Bay, where the learned flow is sometimes interrupted by provocative reviews and comment. He has taught at Harvard, where he was Senior Affiliate in the History of Architecture in Eliot House, and at MIT and is now on the faculty of the Boston Architectural College. Mark Jarzombek is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at MIT. He is the author of Designing MIT: The Architecture of William Welles Bosworth.


The reader who expects short descriptions and scripted walks in this architectural guide is in for a surprise: What Douglass Shand-Tucci has done is frame the history and architecture of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an apotheosis...?of the Boston Brahmin culture that undergirds its beginnings and persists in subtle ways to this day..[A]n informative and entertaining read. - Architecture Boston Magazine

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