The Porch

Memorial Church Porch

The Porch, commonly known as the steps of Memorial Church in Tercentenary Theatre, is a central outdoor space for the community to gather casually. Benches and tables and chairs are available for enjoying coffee or lunch, studying, and enjoying the view of Harvard Yard.

The Porch was formally dedicated in 2013 with a ceremony at which President Drew Gilpin Faust remarked that the Porch is "a place apart, a place of interaction, and a place where we can understand and celebrate who we are."

With the Porch’s location in historic Harvard Yard near both sacred space and classroom spaces, proposals for outdoor events require careful consideration and are coordinated between Common Spaces, Harvard Yard Operations, and Memorial Church. Arrayed with benches, tables, and chairs, all are welcome to enjoy this community space centrally located in Harvard Yard.

Commencement 2019Each spring, the Memorial Church Porch is transformed into the stage of Tercentenary Theatre for Commemcement. File Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell/Memchurch Communications