Monday, August 16, 2010

Massachusetts Hall, Harvard University


The first image of Boston and the US I have, was the sight of Massachusetts Hall as I ascended the stairs at the Church street exit of Harvard subway station. That was in 1987. Massachusetts Hall is still one my favourite buildings in the Bay area.

Massachusetts Hall is the oldest building in what used to be Newtown in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was constructed in 1720, and is the second oldest educational building in the US.

The oldest, the Wren building at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, dates back as far as 1695, but it has been ravaged by fire, Massachusetts Hall has not.

It used to be the quarters of 64 students of Harvard College, and today freshmen of the university live on the 4th floor, whereas other functions have taken over the other floors.

Many famous Americans have lived in the old dormitory, including John Adams, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Elbridge Gerry, and James Otis.

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