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Cambridge and Harvard are not difficult to navigate once one knows the way around. At the start, however, the University and its surroundings may seem rather hit or miss. For that reason the accompanying map and its explanation below can be of service in first finding where's what.
With its center at University Hall the University roughly extends North and South. The central portion, comprising the Yard, contains mostly the homes of the Freshmen and the college classrooms. The northern third houses the science departments and many of the Graduate Schools. South of the Yard are the upperclass dormitories.
Starting at the North a detailed trip over the map will point out spots of particular interest to the Freshman:
University Museum--home of geology, anthropology, glass flowers, etc. Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory. New Lecture Hall--home of History 1 and other large lecture courses, the New Lecture Hall was built in 1905, but, left unnamed, it has ever since retained its earliest appellation.
Biological laboratories. Institute of Geographical Exploration. Randall Hall--home of the University Press, printers of examination papers, Harvard pamphlots, and authorized literary volumes.
Quincy Street, North of Broadway
Memorial Hall. Fire Station--during the course of time it becomes apparent that the fire engines here keep pretty busy. Explanation lies in the fact that Harvard has the city of Cambridge's central fire station in its backyard, even as Harvard Square lios geographically in the center of the city.
University buildings in the Yard not Freshman dormitories are Phillips Brooks House--the social service center, the Memorial Chapel and the University Church, University Hall--housing the central, and academic, administrative offices, employment bureaus, information office, etc., Widener Memorial Library, the President's House, Lehman Hall--housing the financial and business administrative offices, the following class rooms, Hunt Hall (Robinson Annex), Robinson, Sever, Holden, Emerson, Harvard, Boylston, and Wadsworth House--home of Military Science and the Alumni Office.
Quincy Street, South of Broadway
Fogg Art Museum, the Faculty Club, Warren House--home of English A., The Union--Freshman social center, and housing in its basement the offices of the H. A. A.
South of the Yard
South of Massachusetts Avenue are the lairs of the upperclassmen, their dormitories, the Houses, their boarding houses, and clubs. Many of the buildings, however, are in constant use by Freshmen. Some of these are:
Little Hall--home of a number of Freshmen non-residents in the Yard, and also housing a few Faculty offices. Holyoke House--home of a number of the Tutorial board, Department offices, and of a number of instructors' offices.
Dudley Hall--social center of the commuters, those who live at home or who are not resident in University property.
Hygiene Building--home of the University health and Freshman exercise offices. Indoor Athletic Building--main gymnasium and indoor sport auditorium.
University and Freshman squash courts.
Boat Houses--of which there are two, Weld for individual scullers and Newell for the crews.
South of the river lies Allston, a part of the city of Boston Here are:
Soldiers Field--home of the Stadium, the Dillon Field House, and the College playing fields.
North Harvard Street, East
Business School--one of the Graduate Schools, south of which are the soccer fields.
Also of Interest
Not University property but visited by most students are the Post Office in Brattle Square, Brattle Hall--auditorium next to the Post office, the CRIMSON, Lampoon, and Advocate on Plympton Street--undergraduates publications, and somewhere North and West out Garden Street was Christ Church, the commander and Continental Hotels, and Radcliffe--women's university.
Not on the map at all but West on the river about half a mile from the Square is Stillman Infirmary--temporary home of sufferers from colds and minor plagues.
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