Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Hahvahd Yahd

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly, usually of weather vanes in the Nutfield, New Hampshire area, but sometimes they can be from anywhere. Occasionally they are elsewhere in New England, or very historical weather vanes from anywhere else. Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weathervanes, too! Today's weathervane is from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #108? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed in Harvard Yard, while strolling through in early spring before the leaves sprouted.  This building is Harvard Hall, located right at Johnson Gate.  The very first Harvard Hall was built here in 1642, and collapsed in the 1670s. The second Harvard Hall was destroyed by fire in 1764.  This third building was built in 1766.  Originally the school library was in Harvard Hall, including the books donated by John Harvard.

I don't know when the weather vane was added, or if it was original to one of the previous incarnations of Harvard Hall, but it is interesting and traditional, just like Harvard Yard.  The weather vane is a gilded banner, and there are no cardinal points (markers for North, South, East or West).   There are several weather vanes in Harvard Yard atop school buildings and the Memorial Church, and they are all similar to this one.

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