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Gore Hall (Harvard College library)

1840 engraving by George Girdler
1879 woodcut from The American Cyclopædia
Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass, by E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm).jpg
Stereoscopic image
Image by John P. Soule (1827–1904)
Gore Hall
Under demolition, 1913
Seal of the City of Cambridge (designed 1846 by Harvard President Edward Everett) showing Gore Hall
HarvardUniversity GoreHall interior.jpg

Gore Hall was a historic building on the Harvard University campus, designed by Richard Bond. Harvard's first dedicated library building, a Gothic structure built in 1838 of Quincy granite, it was named in honor of Harvard graduate and Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore.

When, in 1846, Harvard President Edward Everett was asked to design a seal for the newly incorporated City of Cambridge, he made Gore one of two icons (the other being the Washington Elm) encircled by the motto Literis Antiquis Novis Institutis Decora. "It can be translated as: 'Distinguished for Classical Learning and New Institutions.'"[1]

When the original Gore Hall was demolished in 1913 to make way for Widener Library,[2] its name was transferred to a new Gore Hall, a freshman dormitory then under construction and now part of Winthrop House.[3]


  1. ^ Cambridge Historical Commission. "About the CHC. Frequently Asked Questions". City of Cambridge. Archived from the original on May 16, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Spencer, Thaxter (November–December 2011). "Christopher Gore". Harvard Magazine.
  3. ^ Harvard University (1949). Education, bricks and mortar: Harvard buildings and their contribution to the advancement of learning. Harvard University. p. 29.

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