Thursday, March 5, 2009
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is located on the tip of the Columbia Point Peninsula overlooking the entrance to Boston Harbor and the islands to the east of Dorchester Bay and is adjacent to the Harbor Campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The Library was designed by I.M. Pei and consists of a triangular nine-story tower housing archival, educational and administrative functions, a two-story base containing exhibition space and two 230-seat theaters, and a 115-foot high memorial pavilion.
In 1991, the Kennedy Library added the 21,800 square foot Stephen E. Smith Center, also designed by I. M. Pei. Constructed in the same stark white precast concrete as the original building, the two-story addition contains spaces for lectures, conferences, and meetings as well as more archival storage.
Tomorrow we'll see the back of the building.