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Dana Laboratory, 1963
|Dana Laboratory, on the Medford campus, was added to the northwest wing of Barnum Hall in 1963.The lab was constructed to provide expanded laboratory space for the Department of Biology and was funded by a combination of funds from the Dana Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and university funds. It was named for Charles A. Dana, an attorney and industrial executive who made gifts to numerous colleges and hospitals.|
Dana Laboratory was constructed for a cost of $750,000 and was designed by Perry, Shaw, Hepburn, and Dean. At the time of its construction, its modern architectural lines contrasted sharply with those of Barnum Hall, built almost seventy years earlier. After fire gutted the central part of Barnum in 1975, it was rebuilt to match the height of Dana Laboratory.
As of 2000, Dana Laboratory continues to house laboratories for the Department of Biology as well as office space for the department.
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