Snow Day at MIT Killian Court
Killian Court is a popular landscape on the MIT campus for students, residents, and tourists alike, thanks in part to its close proximity to the Charles River. During the fall, students are usually rushing through on their way to classes. This time of year, it’s a great place to make snowballs!
Originally constructed in 1916, Killian Court is the oldest green space on campus and an icon of the Institute. Since 2013, STIMSON has been working with MIT on a phased master plan that aims to reinvigorate this campus landscape for the 21st century. Phase I was completed in 2016, and includes new walkways and plantings, as well as masonry ramps that provide newly accessible paths to the restored entrances of adjacent campus buildings. The central lawn, maintained to accommodate yearly commencement crowds, continues to be a grand feature of Killian Court—and, in a future phase, it will be home to a site-wide subsurface filtration system designed to the improve water quality of the Charles River.