Old Harvard Yard

Old Harvard Yard

National Register of Historic Places

Although inspired by Cambridge University in England, where the first leaders of the college had been educated, Harvard avoided emulating its cloisters and enclosed courtyards. Instead it expresses the New England tradition of Georgian - or at least red brick - buildings placed in fields of green, a pattern replicated by countless colleges across the United States.

Many of the buildings that define this area of the Yard were not completed until the second half of the nineteenth century. The consistent use of red brick (except Bulfinch's granite University Hall) maintains a sense of harmony, while the variety of Victorian styles from that era adds interest and energy.