An MIT staff member writes, "This dormitory, located along Memorial Drive, west of Massachusetts Avenue, was designed entirely - including the furniture- by the Finnish architect Alvar H.H. Aalto.
"First occupied in the Summer of 1949, Baker House is a landmark in 20th century architecture. It also signifies the transformation of MIT after World War II, from a mainly commuter school to a residential university, concerned with all aspects of its students life.
"The red brick wave-like building was designed to stimulate the intellectual activity of its occupants and promote community building; while protecting from the noise of Memorial Drive, the serpentine shape allows each room a unique view on the Charles River.
In 1999, for the 50th anniversary of its dedication, Baker House underwent a total renovation."