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Peturning graduates who have not been in Cambridge for several years will find a number of changes in the general appearance of Harvard Square and its vicinity.
What is probably the most striking innovation is the erection of Lehman Hall, the new Counting House in the south-west corner of the Yard, immediately, facing the Square. This building, completed during the summer and early fall, contains the Bursar's office, and accommodations for the Superintendent of Caretakers, and other administrative officers.
Cloistering Process Under Way
Directly north of the Counting House, running parallel to Massachusetts Avenue, the foundations have been laid for Strauss Hall. The Counting House. Strauss Hall, and other recent addition to the Yard, the Holden twins, Lionel and Mower, have all been planned to further the University's policy of cloistering the Yard from the noise and confusion of the neighboring streets. Strauss Hall will be ready for occupancy next fall, and Lionel and Mower are this year being used for the first time.
On the corner of Quincy Street and Broadway, opposite Robinson Hall, the new Fogg Art Museum is in process of erection. When completed next fall, this building will provide more than ample museum space, and will also contain four stories of lecture-rooms, libraries and offices.
McKinlock Hall, the latest addition to the Freshman dormitory group, is also in the hands of the contractors, said its walls have reached the first floor. McKinlock flanks Gore on the down-stress side, and is expected to be ready to receive the class of 1930 next fall.
The ratting of plates and the smell of cooking have left Memorial Hall, and the busy click of Business School typewriters now takes their place. The historic customs of eating at a commons was abandoned last year when repeated efforts to make the University dining hall successful, had failed.
The opening of two new cafeterias, the Splendid and the Traymore, has provided additional table space on the Square.
Arthur to Be Found Under Lampoon
Another change in the eating facilities offered students was brought about by the transfer of Jimmie's Lunch in the basement of the lampoon Building to Arthur, tobacconist, who in taking over Jimmie's, also moved his smoke shop into the Lampoon basement.
The new Graduate School of Business Administration across the Charles is not making progress as apparent as that of the other University building projects. Considerable time has been spend in filling in the low land, laying sewers, and other work that is not immediately apparent. The basements of the building group running along Stadium Street have been completed, and the work on these and other structures will continue steadily throughout the winter.
Coop in Enlarged Quarters
The old Cooperative Store on the Square was torn down last winter, and the new, and greatly enlarged, plant has been completed during the summer. The new building, a four story affair, has all modern department store fixtures, and also provides space for future expansion in the form of offices which now are rented out.
The less physical atmosphere of Harvard Square and its neighborhood has changed little in the past three or four year. Blind Dan still sells his papers near the subway station; Herr Engel continues to bestride the Square; Eddie Morris is still the acrobatic, iron-voiced announcer at sporting events; Dennis Enright has not changed from the brown color which has always fentured his attire; and Mike continues to predict victories over Crimson fees
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