One of Tercentenary Theater’s elms fell last Saturday night and caused minor damage to Sever Hall. The tree, which once stood between Sever Hall and Memorial Church, damaged Sever bricks, broke a window, and tore screens on its way down. Additionally, it knocked over a blue light police phone pole.
The incident resulted in no injuries, according to FAS Director of Communications Robert P. Mitchell. The University has yet to determine the incident’s cause, but suspects that “a number of natural factors contributed to the fall,” Mitchell said.
Harvard Operations contacted professionals as soon as possible following the fall, said Mitchell, and “work began on removal the very next morning.” He added that the University is considering replacing the tree, but has yet to reach a decision. The exact age of the elm is unknown.