In the current number of "Harper's Weekly" is given a very interesting prospective plan for the future architectural development of Harvard University. This plan has been made possible by the gradual investment by a few interested graduates, who, by acquiring the land from Massachusetts avenue to the river between Holyoke and DeWolf streets, have opened a way for a model university plant.

The article referred to says: "Even the Iayman visiting Harvard is struck by the almost haphazard architecture and entire lack of any general scheme." Unfortunately this is too true. It is difficult to understand why a consistent plan was not followed in the erection of our buildings, and why distorted ideas of architectural beauty should have been perpetuated in some of our least attractive structures. An intense absorption in the engrossing problems of education on the part of the governing authorities must be responsible for the uneven development of the University grounds. Why the power plant was allowed to drop down in the midst of the general scheme, and why Gore Hall was countenanced, are questions that we cannot answer, but are object lessons from which we may well benefit in the future.

We understand that we are to have in the near future a new group of chemical buildings and eventually Freshman dormitories. It is to be hoped that in the location of these buildings sufficient regard may be had to the general landscape plan which has been made, and that in their architecture they may conform to some standard type.

Recommended Articles