Harvard Yard

Coordinates: 42°22′28″N 71°07′02″W / 42.37447°N 71.11719°W / 42.37447; -71.11719

Harvard Yard Historic District
Harvard Yard in autumn, Boston, Massachusetts, 2015.jpg
The Yard in autumn
Harvard Yard is located in Massachusetts
Harvard Yard
Harvard Yard is located in the United States
Harvard Yard
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Architectural styleGeorgian, Federal
NRHP reference No.73000287[1] (original)
87002137 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPFebruary 6, 1973
Boundary increaseDecember 14, 1987

Harvard Yard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is the oldest part of the Harvard University campus, its historic center and modern crossroads. It contains most of the freshman dormitories, Harvard's most important libraries, Memorial Church, several classroom and departmental buildings, and the offices of senior University officials including the President of Harvard University.

The Yard grew over the centuries around Harvard College's first parcel of land, purchased in 1637.[2] Today it is a grassy area of 22.4 acres (9.1 ha) bounded principally by Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Street, Broadway, and Quincy Street. Its perimeter fencing – principally iron, with some stretches of brick – has twenty-seven gates.[3]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "College Yard purchased". Harvard University. 2009-10-09. Retrieved 2009-10-09.
  3. ^ Hammond, Mason (Fall 1983). "The Enclosure Of The Harvard Yard". Harvard Library Bulletin. pp. 340–383. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-02.

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