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irregular angle with everything, and these accidents occur all over the property. A chart is needed by which the ship shall be steered. A well studied plan seems essential which, so far as may prove practicable, shall be followed in the future."
"Such a plan will, moreover, indicate the demands of the College and the vacancies in the grounds. The opportunity for a man to build a creditable monument would be plainly apparent and would attract a donor-but what donor will be attract to Harvard if the result of his outlay is more than likely to be criticized by men of good judgment, as marring the symmetry of the grounds? In a word a well prepared scheme will attract, and a confused condition repel, a benefactor."
"As Harvard must either increase its accommodations shortly or stop its growth, now is an excellent time to fix at least on paper the main lines upon which to build in the future. Indeed it is even possible that a well prepared plan might impel an intending benefactor to give to the College the funds needed to properly develop some part of the College grounds, by building avenues and roads and setting up trees and shrubbery, creating in this way suitable building sites. The grading and planting of a quadrangle and its decoration with aisles and walks, and steps and avenues, would be a satisfactory and lasting contribution to the beauties of Harvard."
In looking over the College grounds the following seemed to the committee central features to study:
First is the question of a suitable approach from the park now being formed on the river bank but a short distance away. "It is not beyond the powers of imagination to suppose that the city might lend its aid to unite thus the river park and the College grounds by a short bit of park-like road. Then there is the decision as to main axes, so that breadth and long vistas may be obtained in the future when the buildings will inevitably be closer together than now. The axis through the Quincy street property might bear some relation to Memorial Hall, and to the entrance from the river as well as to the old yard. The axis through the Jarvis Field property might bear some relation towards the vast mass of the neighboring Museum of Natural History and the Divinity School beyond. Further, if the city streets in this neighborhood were placed in the hands of the City Park Commissioners, it would be a comparatively slight matter to form a continuous park road around the College Grounds on existing streets, thus greatly enlarging the park privileges of the city. Such a road would follow Quincy street and Divinity avenue, Jarvis street and thence across or around the Common to Brattle street, which already is practically a park road."
In closing their report the committee expressed itself as persuaded that a more carefully studied plan of this general sort is what should be made with all information and suggestion embodied in it that the President and Fellows can supply, for no landscape plan can be of value unless the Corporation thus lend their aid to its formation and are interested in its execution."