Harvard University is at jct. Massachusetts Ave. and Cambridge St.; an information center is on the ground floor of the Holyoke Center at 1350 Massachusetts Ave. Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the country.
In and around the historic “Yard” at Harvard Square, buildings represent the history of architecture in America. They range from Colonial-style Massachusetts Hall, built in 1720; the 19th-century work of Charles Bulfinch; University Hall; Henry Hobson Richardson's late 19th-century Sever Hall; and the contemporary style of Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
Guided tours of the historic campus depart from the information center. A self-guiding tour app for smartphones also is available.