Harvard's private dormitories are a large part of the Square. Owners sought to attract affluent students with then state-of-the-art amenities that included steam heat, electricity, private bathrooms, and elevators.
Businesses opened in the Square to cater to these well-off students, like the Leavitt & Peirce tobacco shop which stands today.
Pictured: Franklin D. Roosevelt's suite (right with iron railing) was at Adams House at West Morley Court. He lived there, in an area known as the Gold Coast, when he was a student at Harvard.