MIT has identified the Metropolitan Warehouse as a renewal and redevelopment opportunity. Originally designed by Peabody & Stearns and built in 1895, MET Warehouse is one of the oldest buildings in the neighborhood. With its square brick tower, crenellated corbelled cornice, and small windows, it resembles a medieval castle on a city street corner. The renovation project will endeavor to preserve the integrity and appearance of this historic architecture.
While plans for the entire MET Warehouse are ongoing, MIT is moving forward with steps to outfit the 1st floor with 20,000 sq. ft. of makerspace. Led by Project Manus, this will become the largest academic makerspace in the world and dramatically enhance students’ ability to learn, train, and make passion projects and entrepreneurial prototypes.
Located near the heart of campus and across from the Stratton Student Center, this ‘Innovation Hub West’ will demonstrate MIT’s commitment to providing students with best in class opportunities for hands-on, self-directed learning.