Memorial Quadrangle

Memorial Quadrangle

Memorial Quadrangle

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The Memorial Quadrangle at Yale University, USA, was donated by Anna M. Harkness with Harkness Tower named in memory of her son, Charles Harkness, Yale Class of 1883. Commissioned from James Gamble Rogers to supply much-needed student housing, the Quadrangle now consists of Saybrook College and Branford College colleges. It was built over a period from 1917 to 1921, with the cornerstone laid on 8 October 1917, the anniversary of the first New Haven collegiate building's timber frame in 1717.

James S. Hedden was the contractor's supervisor for the project and a collection of his works consists of photographs documenting the excavation and construction of Memorial Quadrangle at Yale. The works are located at Yale's Manuscripts and Archives Library and contain views which include photographs of completed decorations and interiors, models, the installation of millstones and bells, assignment plans, and the construction of the fan vault ceiling in the Memorial Room of Harkness Tower.

The Quadrangle contains Harkness Tower, the most visible symbol of Yale on the New Haven skyscape, which is placed on an axis which unifies it to the Old Campus. As initially built, the Quadrangle contained dorm rooms for 630 students laid out to frame eight courtyards. The dry moats with their low walls, now a frequent architectural theme at Yale, were introduced in this building. They were planted with ivy, flowers, and trees by landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand with an eye to increased...
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