Austin Hall, Harvard University Law School`s oldest dedicated structure, was designed by architect H.H. Richardson and completed in 1884, then remodeled in 1964. It stands out as one of the best examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. Single-story wings flank a heavy, two-story central mass, with the reading room extending rearwards to form an overall T shape. A central entryway framed with Romanesque triple arch is set deep within the building's flat front facade, with an asymmetric stairway tower protruding forwards to its right. The building is faced with Longmeadow sandstone in striking polychrome patterns, the light stones forming checkerboards within dark, reddish walls. The arches are of pale Ohio sandstone, as is the thick cornice band incised with a lengthy and sententious motto.

Constructed, 1881