Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
F.W. Olin Center for Language and Culture Studies, 1990
The F.W. Olin Center for Language and Culture Studies was built in 1990 to serve as a new home for languages on the Medford campus.
The 35,000 square foot building, designed by Architectural Resources of Cambridge, includes a resource room for foreign publications, eighteen classrooms, department offices, and an advanced language lab, located in the basement.
The construction of the Olin Center was financed by a $6.3 million grant from the F.W. Olin Foundation, a New York organization that awards grants to private colleges for the total cost of constructing, equipping, and furnishing buildings. Built in 1990, the Olin Center's construction caused considerable controversy, as students complained about the proximity of the construction to dorms on the residential quad.
After surviving a small fire in 1991, the Olin Center in 2000 remains home to the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Language and Literature.
Source: TD, TJ