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A Walking Tour of HBS

Harvard Business School is proud of its long tradition of educating business leaders. While the stately beauty of the HBS campus is a constant reminder of its distinguished past replica watches, the School takes pride in its history of change and its ability to adapt to the evolving needs of its students, business, and society.

Founded in 1908, HBS was conceived as a “delicate experiment” in the new field of professional management training. The School’s first home was within Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, across the Charles River from today’s campus //www.replicaforbest.co.uk/replica-breitling-watches-sale-for-uk.html. As the student body grew from fewer than 100 to more than 700 in 1924, HBS’s second dean, Wallace B. Donham, saw the need for the School to have its own facilities to accommodate the expanding number of students and to enable the new school to develop a sense of community and purpose. Dean Donham approached George F. Baker, president of the First National Bank of New York, for a donation to begin building a campus on the Boston side of the Charles River. Baker generously offered to fund the entire project with a gift of five million dollars.

Today, with a faculty of more than 200, and a permanent staff of more than 700, HBS offers a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), four doctoral programs, and over 40 Executive Education programs. Each year the MBA program graduates some 900 students. In addition, approximately 100 future scholars are involved in the doctoral programs and more than 6,000 executives participate in residential management programs lasting from three days to ten weeks. The School also operates HBS Publishing, which is home to Harvard Business Review, HBS Press, several newsletters, multimedia products for management development, videos, simulations, course books, and cases.

Designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the 35-acre HBS campus follows the traditional Harvard University neo-Georgian style with red-brick buildings forming symmetrical quadrangles around open lawns and courtyards.

We invite you to explore the campus at your own pace, using this brochure as your guide. To enable our faculty,
students, and staff to conduct their teaching, research, educational, and administrative work, visits to classrooms and faculty offices are not permitted. For those interested in applying to the School, classroom visits can be arranged through the MBA Admissions Office located in Dillon House.

Your tour begins in the center of campus on the steps of Baker Library, the large building with white columns and a gilded bell tower on Harvard Way. Baker Library, the largest business library in the world, contains more than 600,000 volumes and over 7,000 active periodicals. It is open to students, alumni, faculty, and staff of Harvard University and by special advance arrangement to other individuals.

At the far end of the foyer on the first floor, glass doors allow you to look into one of the eight levels of book stacks. You’ll see a bronze bust of the library’s namesake, New York banker George F. Baker, in front of the doors. Notice the portraits of several former HBS professors and alumni on display in this area as well as the glass cases with exhibits from the School’s extensive archival collections. The stairway to the right is lined with portraits of the seven Deans who led the School from 1908 to 1995.The Library’s west wing provides office space for about forty faculty members. Exit the building through the main entrance where you entered on Harvard Way. Looking out from the steps, you can see a large, open lawn often called “Baker Beach,” a popular site where students gather to study and socialize during the warmer months.

On both sides of the lawn you will see several brick Residence Halls, where more than a third of the MBA students live. Nestled between the residence halls are smaller stucco-front houses that contain administrative offices. A large number of students also reside in the nearby Soldiers Field Park apartment complex.

Looking toward the Charles River, turn left and continue west on Harvard Way, until you reach Morgan Hall on your left. Originally completed in 1927, the building underwent extensive renovation from 1990 to 1992 under the direction of architect Moshe Safdie. The HBS faculty and their administrative and research staff are housed mainly in Morgan, as well as the adjacent west wing of Baker Library and nearby South Hall.

Morgan is named after financier J.P. Morgan, George F. Baker’s close friend and business partner. Inside the atrium of Morgan Hall, you will find the Tethys mosaic, an archaeological treasure from the Eastern Roman Empire that dates from the 4th century A.D. and depicts an ancient Greek goddess of the sea.

Continue west on Harvard Way and turn left when you reach the end of Morgan Hall. On your right is Cotting House. Built in 1969, the building is named for investment banker Charles E. Cotting and contains the offices of both HBS Communications and Information Technology. For many years, it housed the HBS Doctoral Programs, now located across Harvard Way in Sherman House. The School offers a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree as well as Ph.D. programs in business economics, organizational behavior, and information and technology management (in conjunction with the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences). For information about admission to the Doctoral Programs, please visit the first floor of Sherman.

Following the path between Morgan and Cotting, you will see Shad Hall, the School’s fitness center. Completed in 1989 by Boston architects Kallmann McKinnell & Wood, the building is named for the late vice chairman of E.F.

Hutton, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. ambassador to The Netherlands, John Shad (MBA ’49), who endowed a program in business leadership and ethics at HBS.

The building is not open to the general public, but if you wish to view the interior, please inquire at the reception desk. There are basketball, racquetball, and squash courts; an indoor track; aerobics rooms; spinning room; weight-training and conditioning equipment; and locker rooms with steam, sauna, and whirlpool baths. The lower level of the building includes the Research & Technology Lab and a classroom facility, equipped with 150 computers.

Facing Shad, turn left and proceed beyond the tennis courts on the right.

Follow the path through the quadrangle, where you will see a cylindrical structure, the Class of 1959 Chapel. Completed in 1992, the Chapel was designed by Moshe Safdie. Oxidized copper covers its cylindrical main building, and an adjacent glass pyramid houses a tiered garden. The names of the Chapel’s donors, members of the Class of 1959, are engraved in the granite base of the nearby clock tower, whose golden ball rises and sets like the sun. The Chapel is nondenominational and is used for services, celebrations, and concerts. If a service is not in progress, feel free to enter the sanctuary. Inside, notice how the glass prisms near the roof of the building disperse the light on a sunny day and create a spectrum of color on the walls.

The gray building across from the Chapel is South Hall. Built in 1970, South was recently renovated to create office space for the Entrepreneurial and Service Management faculty.

Walk through South Hall, exiting the doors opposite where you entered. Continue straight ahead. The ivy-covered brick building on your right is Cumnock Hall. Built in 1974, Cumnock houses the campus health center and the Senior Faculty Center, which provides office space and support for retired HBS faculty. It was made possible through the generosity of Grace Cumnock Ditman in memory of her father, Alexander Goodlet Cumnock, a New England textile manufacturer, and her brother, Arthur James Cumnock.

Follow the path with Cumnock on your right. On your right is the Spangler Center. This multipurpose campus facility, which opened in January 2001, is named in honor of C.D. (“Dick”) Spangler (MBA ’56),
his wife, Meredith, and their family. It includes dining areas, an auditorium, a distribution center for course materials, large and small meeting spaces, the MBA Program offices, the Harvard Coop, and the U.S. Post Office. Mr. Spangler is the former president of the University of North Carolina.

Before that he headed the Bank of North Carolina and the family construction business. The building was designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern.

On your left, through the large green brass-handled doors, enter Aldrich Hall, the main classroom building for the MBA Program. The building contains three floors of amphitheater-like classrooms, specifically designed to facilitate the discussion method of teaching, also known as the case method, which was pioneered at HBS decades ago and remains the School’s primary means of instruction. Aldrich was the gift of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and is named after his father-in-law, Nelson W. Aldrich, a United States senator from Rhode Island. Proceed upstairs to the first floor, and follow the exit signs that will lead you out of the front door of Aldrich. The black and white portraits of former HBS professors in the front hallway are by the famous photographer Yousuf Karsh.

To your right is the Hawes Hall. This new classroom building, opened in March 2002, is the gift of Rodney A. Hawes, Jr. (MBA ’69) and his wife, Beverly. Mr. Hawes is the former head of the Life Re Corporation. The building houses eight state-of-the-art, high-tech classrooms designed for case-method instruction.

Across Harvard Way from the Hawes Hall construction site is Dillon House, where the MBA Admissions Office is located. If you are interested in obtaining more information about the MBA Program, please stop in.

Continue east on Harvard Way to the Dean’s House on your right.
Although HBS Deans and their families lived there at one time, it is currently used as a guest house and a function space for dinners and receptions. Behind the Dean’s House is Burden Hall, a large auditorium used for student events, shows, and speakers.

Straight in front of you, at the end of Harvard Way, is Kresge Hall, built in 1953 and named after the late Sebastian S. Kresge, the variety-store merchant. It houses the HBS Faculty Club and is the dining facility for Executive Education participants.

To your left is the northeast corner of the campus, home to the School’s Executive Education programs. George P. Baker Hall, McCollum Center, and McArthur Hall provide residential and classroom space for the School’s executive programs, which cover both general management and functional topics and are designed for business leaders and managers from around the world. For information about Executive Education opportunities, drop by the first floor of Glass Hall, located across from Baker Hall.

McArthur Hall, completed in 1999, accommodates 170 executives in single-occupancy bedrooms in configurations specially designed to support the School’s commitment to team learning and the case method.

The building is named in honor of John H. McArthur (MBA ’59), a longtime faculty member who served as Dean from 1980 to 1995.

At the southeast corner of the campus is Soldiers Field Park, a group of apartment buildings that house many students and their families. To its east is the new apartment building, One Western Avenue, that is scheduled for opening in fall 2003.

Additional facilities in Teele Hall, located on the Southwest Campus, not included in this walking tour, are occupied by staff members from various areas of the School, including External Relations, Human Resources, Construction and Planning, Executive Education, and the Financial Office. The building is named in honor of the late Stanley F. Teele, who served as Dean from 1955 to 1962.

Your tour ends here. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to the Harvard Business School campus.

April 22, 2003
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