Harvard Hall is one of the oldest and most historic buildings in Harvard Yard with the original structure dating back to 1764. The building was taken offline in the summer of 2019 to make way for a comprehensive renovation project aimed at preserving the building’s legacy while bringing it into the 21st century.
The project includes the restoration of the historic masonry façade and wooden cupola, replacement and upgrade of the building's mechanical systems, and a complete renovation of all classrooms to include new audio and video technology, in addition to improved accessibility, lighting, and acoustics. Other significant updates include achieving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by installing an elevator and renovating bathrooms; improving the building’s energy efficiency by adding insulation to the roof and recaulking the window panes; repairing the exterior clock; and upgrading information technology infrastructure.
Construction is scheduled for completion in January 2020 and the building will reopen for classes in the Spring of 2020.