Winthrop House - Gore Hall
These items were handcrafted from a Red Elm tree (Ulmus rubra) that grew in the courtyard of Gore Hall at Winthrop House. When Gore Hall was rebuilt in 1913, two large Red Elms were planted on opposite sides of the courtyard. In 2016, 103 years after being planted, these massive trees were removed to facilitate the ongoing House Renewal projects.
Gore Hall was one of the original 7 freshman dormitories at Harvard. In 1931 Gore Hall and Standish hall were joined together to become Winthrop House. Gore Hall's most prominent former inhabitant is John F. Kennedy. Prior to the renewal, Harvard maintained Kennedy's senior dorm as a guest room used mainly for visiting political notables who visit the Kennedy School of Government.