From the majestic Johnston Gate to the striped Dexter Gate and its oft-quoted inscription, “Enter to Grow in Wisdom,” the iconic portals that enclose Harvard Yard are as much a part of the Cambridge experience as Georgian cupolas silhouetted against the sky and rowing shells skimming over the Charles River.
The gates represent a legacy of enormous value, one that reflects the talents of their architects, the vision of Harvard’s leaders and the generosity of the university’s graduates, from a Wall Street financier who successfully defended the America’s Cup to a fellow of considerably more modest means who pledged $2 for the Class of 1889 Gate—to be paid in two installments.
Yet the the gates are not widely appreciated, especially by the students who scurry through them. And their complete story—a tale of wealth, power, artistic vision, institutional and personal ambition, love and human tragedy—has never before been fully told.
Via Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)