Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
A head-on, low-angle shot of Eliot House taken from across the Charles River in Allston taken before World War II. Much of Allston and Cambridge’s Riverbend Park pictured here are low-lying areas that may suffer increased flooding this century.
A bird’s-eye view of Allston taken before World War II with Harvard Stadium and the Business School visible. Much of the low-lying Allston area had yet to be developed by Harvard which were open fields or small developments.
In a pre-World War II photograph, a chariot races along the former Charles River Speedway in Allston with Harvard Stadium in the distance. Much of this area of Allston was a former grassy marshland before it became an extension of Harvard campus.
A March 1932 photo of Eliot House taken from Weeks Footbridge with a sandbar in the foreground. Many of the River Houses along the Charles may be susceptible to increased flooding in the next century due to climate change.
In a photo taken circa 1934–1956, farmers collect hay on a low-lying Allston marsh near where Cumnock Fields and the Harvard Athletic Complex stand today. Anderson Memorial Bridge and Newell Boathouse are pictured in the background.