The Howe Building, the historical heart of campus, is named for the school's first director, Samuel Gridley Howe. Featuring an iconic tower crowned by a symbolic lantern of education, the building houses the Allen Chapel, Dwight Hall, the Laura M. Sawyer study area, the Saltonstall Pool, the Samuel P. Hayes Research Library and the Thorndike Room.
The Perkins Museum, where visitors can learn more about the school's founders and famous alumni including Laura Bridgman, Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, is located on the main floor of the Howe Building. The Museum's extensive collection includes many artifacts including correspondence, photographs, tactile images and the world's oldest and largest tactile globe, which Keller used as a student.
The Howe Building is also home to the Secondary Program, where high-school students ages 14 through 22 attend academic and life-skills classes in a variety of subjects.