The North Yard provided space for institutional expansion in the decades following the Civil War. As President Charles W. Eliot, inaugurated 1869, attempted to revolutionize modern higher education at Harvard, he needed new space for scientific education and professional schools. The North Yard lacks the spatial and architectural coherence of Harvard Yard, despite several efforts at comprehensive planning. The district merges with the former Shady Hill area of residential development to the east, an area where Harvard faculty members and other professionals built their homes in the last quarter of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries.
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