Blair kamins gates of harvard yard is a remarkable piece of sleuthing writing and mappingwhether you are a harvard alumnus a visitor to the university campus or just interested in campuses and gates you will come away with a new appreciation for the historical evolution of this internationally celebrated public space. The 25 gates that rim harvard yard are works of architectural art not simply instruments of control a new book gates of harvard yard princeton architectural press 1595 celebrates these exquisite essays in brick stone and wrought iron and bids the thousands who walk through them . From gates the neo georgian style spread to buildings and made much of the harvard we know today by the universitys tercentenary in 1936 the yard was fully fenced and gated but of todays 26 gates nine are locked permanently or opened only rarely. The gates of harvard yard has a simple backstory architecture critic arrives at harvard gives a fall tour of the yard co teaches a wintersession course on the gates oversees a class website and as winter ends and spring arrives works on transforming the class teachings into a book. In the flurry of architecture and activity that greets those entering harvard yard its easy for visitors to miss the 25 gates that ring the university grounds
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