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Communication

The Site for the New Harvard Union.

We invite all members of the University to contribute to this column, but we are not responsible for the sentiments expressed.

To the Editors of the Crimson:

Your editorial of this morning makes a valuable suggestion with regard to the location of the Harvard Union. Certainly the Union should be in or near the natural centre of the University, and certainly Harvard square is that centre. There are at least two good sites for the building: the south end of College House, which you suggest, and the present site of Dane Hall. As you point out, College House brings in the least income of the College properties, although situated on very valuable land; and Dane Hall, aside from being a blot on the landscape, is ill-suited for recitation rooms, officers, or a store. What more natural course could suggest it self then to the Corporation than to rent one of these sites to the Union for its building. In this way the Corporation, anxious at all times to get money, could obtain as much income as it does now from the cheap rooms of College House, or from the Co operative in Dane. Aside from all this, a respectable looking club building would go far towards tempering W. D. Howell's remark that "Harvard square is the ugliest spot on earth, outside of New York City."

At the risk of being charged with unjust criticism of a public spirited body of men, may I not ask that the committee tell us a little concerning their plans for the building and their ideas on a fitting site? NINETEEN HUNDRED.

Cambridge, Feb. 1, 1900.

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