Lederle Graduate Research Center

Constructed: 1966 and later

Architects: Campbell, Aldrich, and Nulty

Design and construction

Lederle Graduate Research Center
Lederle Graduate Research Center
Lederle Graduate Research Center
Lederle Graduate Research Center

Under the leadership of UMass President John W. Lederle, the campus experienced an enormous expansion in the 1960s, both in size and scope. The support the growth in scientific research, particularly at the graduate level, the Lederle Graduate Research center complex was constructed beginning in 1966. The complex housed the departments of Chemistry and Astronomy in the high rise tower, an early computer center, a branch library (now the Science and Engineering Library), and Graduate Center offices.

Inelegant, but functional, and built of the unadorned poured concrete typical of the modernist architecture of the period, the building was designed by the same firm responsible for Whitmore Hall.

The building connects to both Goessmann Laboratory and the Conte Polymer Research Center.

Naming of the building

Named for UMass President John W. Lederle (President, 1960-1970).


  • Norton, Paul F., Amherst: A Guide to Its Architecture (Amherst, Mass., 1975).
  • For additional information, consult the University Archives (RG 36/101).
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