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MIT Campus, Grand Building


From MIT News Monday, February 22

It was a grand gala event in 1916 when MIT, just over a half-century old, moved from a series of scattered buildings in Boston to a newly designed campus on a large parcel of freshly-created filled land in Cambridge. The celebratory events included a water parade across the river to symbolize the move, led by an elaborate replica of a Venetian grand barge that was built for the occasion.

From The Boston Globe Monday, January 25

The Boston Globe delved deep into the archives for the original coverage of MIT’s move to Cambridge in 1916!

From Monday, January 25

“MIT, the revered institution and key part of Cambridge’s history, is hosting a parade and celebration in May to commemorate its first century in Cambridge.”

From The Boston Globe Monday, January 25

“In 1916, alumni from as far away as India and Australia joined students and faculty along the Charles River to witness what the Boston Daily Globe called an ‘impressive goodbye,’ a celebration of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s move from a jumble of buildings near Copley Square to its new campus in Cambridge...On the cusp of the centennial of the parade, MIT officials have launched a competition...recapturing the spirit of the momentous move.”

From MIT News Wednesday, January 20

Members of the MIT community are invited to compete in the Crossing the Charles Competition, an innovative procession over land and water that will open the Moving Day festivities on May 7.