Passing beyond these buildings we come into the quadrangle.
Stately buildings form its surrounding walls, and within are the grand old elms which grow to such perfection in the college yard.
This enclosure rises to especial importance on Class Day evening.
Then hundreds of colored lanterns hang in festoons from tree to tree, the brilliant fires of different hues brighten the sombre buildings, and the whole scene becomes a fairy land, through which Fair Harvard's guests wander on their way to spreads and dancing.
Music in the open air by the various organizations connected with the college is another feature of the occasion.
As we stand in the quadrangle facing the point of entry, we see another ancient brick building next to Harvard.
This is Hollis Hall, built in 1763 and named for the family of Thomas Hollis
, a London merchant who left a legacy to the college.
Many noted names are associated with rooms in this building, among others being Ralph Waldo Emerson
(5-15-20), Henry D. Thoreau
(23-20-32-31) and Wendell Phillips
Back of Hollis
is Holden Chapel which was built in 1744 by Benjamin Coleman
and named for another London
family who befriended Harvard.
For twenty-two years prayers were held here, but now for many years the building has been used for examinations and for a few recitations.
coat-of-arms may still be seen on the western front, and a noteworthy fact about the building is that it stands to-day almost exactly as it was built so many years ago.
In the space enclosed by Holden
stands the Class Day Tree
, a fine old elm which has witnessed the scrambles of many a graduating class.
At four o'clock, the loveliest