Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning

Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning

Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning

Education, Bricks and Mortar: Harvard Buildings and Their Contribution to the Advancement of Learning

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GREAT VISIONS of great men live on and serve mankind not only in their spiritual legacies, but also when these visions are expressed in physical form--buildings, books, bequests.

An obscure preacher of Charlestown, Massachusetts, would be unknown today, had he not perpetuated the name John Harvard by the gift of his library and half his inheritance "towards the erecting of a Colledge."

At Harvard there are many other great names that will be forever identified with this institution because of their generous gifts of buildings.

"To advance Learning and perpetuate it to Posterity" was the purpose of Harvard's founding fathers. Buildings have had much to do with keeping alive that tradition and inspiration.

Education to survive must be given form and substance.

Today the construction, operation, and maintenance of buildings are ranked in importance along with faculty salaries, scholarships, and research funds by many university administrators and by individuals and foundations, who by their support wish to help meet these needs.

At the present time there are some 150 buildings owned and used by Harvard University for educational purposes. These buildings contain a total of more than 120 million cubic feet, of which more than 47 million were constructed or acquired since 1909, the beginning of President Lowell's administration. A building increase of 63.9 per cent has taken place during the most recent tenth of Harvard's history.

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