Harvard Square

Harvard Square Historic District
Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.jpg
Harvard Square in 2015
Harvard Square is located in Massachusetts
Harvard Square
Harvard Square is located in the United States
Harvard Square
LocationCambridge, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°22′25″N 71°7′8″W / 42.37361°N 71.11889°W / 42.37361; -71.11889Coordinates: 42°22′25″N 71°7′8″W / 42.37361°N 71.11889°W / 42.37361; -71.11889
Architectural styleColonial Revival, Greek Revival
MPSCambridge MRA
NRHP reference No.82001944[1] (original)
86003654 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 13, 1982
Boundary increaseJuly 28, 1988

Harvard Square is a triangular plaza at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle Street, and John F. Kennedy Street, near the center of Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. The term "Harvard Square" is also used to delineate the business district and Harvard University surrounding that intersection, which is the historic center of Cambridge.[2] Adjacent to Harvard Yard, the historic heart of Harvard University,[3] the Square (as it is sometimes called locally) functions as a commercial center for Harvard students, as well as residents of western Cambridge and the western and northern neighborhoods and inner suburbs of Boston. The Square is served by Harvard station, a major MBTA Red Line subway and bus transportation hub.

In an extended sense, the name "Harvard Square" can also refer to the entire neighborhood surrounding this intersection for several blocks in each direction. The nearby Cambridge Common has become a park area with a playground, baseball field, and a number of monuments, several relating to the Revolutionary War.

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Harvard Square Historic District - MACRIS Details". Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Historical Commission. 1988-07-27. Retrieved 2011-01-07. Old Cambridge; Harvard Square; Mid-Cambridge; Dana Hill
  3. ^ "Harvard Yard Historic District - MACRIS Details". Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Historical Commission. 1986-06-23. Retrieved 2011-01-07. Old Cambridge; Harvard Square