Model of Kahn's proposed Chemistry building
Model of proposed Chemistry building, 1962 Louis I. Kahn, architect Slide collection, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library
By the 1960s, the University was willing to audition modern architecture. In addition to hiring esteemed modernists Edward Larrabee Barnes, Pietro Belluschi, Hugh Stubbins, Lawrence Anderson, and Sasaki Dawson and DeMay, the University briefly consulted Louis I. Kahn for a new chemistry building across from the McCormick Road dorms. With its bold use of geometric forms, Kahn’s design differed dramatically from anything else on grounds. Although the building never went past the early planning stages, it has been cited as a turning point in the master’s oeuvre.