Cambridge: MIT - Stata Center - Stata Building - Fire Hydrant Water Fountain

Former MIT President Jerome Wiesner (1971-1980) coined this colorful description of the MIT educational experience: "Getting an education at MIT is like taking a drink from a fire hose." A group of hackers took Wiesner's quote to hear in 1991 when they turned a fire hydrant into a working drinking fountain in front of the largest lecture hall on campus, 26-100.


Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, or Building 32, located at 32 Vassar Street, was designed by Frank Gehry for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT). The 720,000-square-foot academic complex, sited on MIT's former Building 20, which housed the historic Radiation Laboratory, opened on March 16, 2004. Above the fourth floor, the building splits into two distinct structures: the Gates tower and the Dreyfoos tower.

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Taken on June 4, 2010