Harvard Houses Historic District

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Harvard Houses Historic District
Masters Lodging, Kirkland House, Harvard University, Cambridge MA.jpg
Masters' Lodging, Kirkland House
Harvard Houses Historic District is located in Massachusetts
Harvard Houses Historic District
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°22′12″N 71°7′5″W / 42.37000°N 71.11806°W / 42.37000; -71.11806Coordinates: 42°22′12″N 71°7′5″W / 42.37000°N 71.11806°W / 42.37000; -71.11806
Area 17.1 acres (6.9 ha)
Architect Shepley,Rutan & Coolidge; Et al.
Architectural style Colonial Revival, Georgian, Other
Governing body Private
MPS Cambridge MRA
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP September 12, 1986

The Harvard Houses Historic District is a historic district encompassing seven residential colleges of Harvard University. The district is roughly bounded by Mt. Auburn, Grant, and Cowperwaite Streets, Banks Street and Putman Avenue, Memorial Drive, and JFK Street (formerly Boyleston Street) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The contributing buildings to the district are predominantly residential dormitory buildings which were constructed between 1913 and 1930 as part of Harvard's House system, and are Georgian Revival in style. There are three small residential buildings which were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a number of non-contributing later buildings, including among others the towers of Leverett House and the modern portion of Quincy House at 58 Plympton Street. The buildings are an imposing presence in the streetview of Memorial Drive between Western Avenue and the Anderson Memorial Bridge, but their massing is interrupted by mature tree plantings, and they are organized to provide courtyards and quadrangles in the interior of the district.[2]

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Harvard Houses Historic District". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
The historic district outlined in red; the houses are labeled