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Memorial Hall, Cambridge

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Memorial Hall, immediately north of Harvard Yard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an imposing High Victorian Gothic building honor­ing the sacrifices made by Harvard men in defense of the Union during the American Civil War‍—‌"a symbol of Boston's commitment to the Unionist cause and the abolitionist movement in America."
Built on a former playing field known as the Delta, it was described by Henry James as consisting of

three main divisions: one of them a theater, for academic ceremonies; another a vast refectory, covered with a timbered roof, hung about with portraits and lighted by stained windows, like the halls of the colleges of Oxford; and the third, the most interesting, a chamber high, dim and severe, consecrated to the sons of the university who fell in the long Civil War.

James' "three divisions" are known today as (respectively) Sanders Theatre; Annenberg Hall (formerly Alumni Hall or the Great Hall); and Memorial Transept.

Beneath Annenberg Hall, Loker Commons offers a number of student facilities.

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  • I have to agree partially with another reviewer: this is not a tourist attraction. It is an attraction for those with an appreciation of fine architecture of any era and style. The dining hall...  more »
  • It's a classic and remains the heart of the college, with both the largest dining hall and the largest lecture hall. If you can get into a concert in the lecture hall, then do. But otherwise not a...  more »

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