CIS Computing & Information Services

Location

180 George Street

On the corner of Brook and George Streets


The YURT (CAVE)

Visualization lab

CCV machine room

Staff offices and meeting rooms

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From LLB Architects: The Brown Computing Laboratory at 180 George Street was built in honor of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. as a gift to Brown from his wife and son. The building, completed in 1961, was originally constructed to house the IBM 7070 computer, the most advanced computing system on the east coast at the time. Architect Philip Johnson was chosen to design a building that would appropriately link the architectural past of College Hill with the future of emerging technology.
Encyclopedia Brunoniana:
Computing Laboratory
The Computing Laboratory at 180 George Street, a gift of the widow and son of Thomas J. Watson, Sr., was dedicated in his memory on January 12, 1961. The IBM7070 computer which it was built to house, the first of this system installed on the Eastern seaboard, was acquired through a grant from the National Science Foundation and the generosity of the IBM Corporation. Philip Johnson was architect of the building, and Conrad Green ’36 of Providence was supervising architect. Johnson wrote, “I conceived the Brown Computing Laboratory as a porticus – a porch –

Original Drawings

"Computing Center," Elevation drawings, Philip Johnson Associates, June 17, 1959

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