Anyone who has ever perused the classifieds in search of the perfect home has undoubtedly read the words "Harvard-Yale" in the small agate type. The question is, what does the Harvard-Yale area encompass? Is it limited to Ivy League namesakes only, or are neighboring streets able to ride the coattails of the Harvard-Yale mystique?
Finding a definitive answer to this question can seem as nebulous as a VCR instruction manual. Does it star her and end there? Or end here and start there? In reality, neither is truly that mysterious. You just have to know which buttons to push, or what people to ask.
The location, close to the University of Utah, the hospital and to downtown is a big draw to homebuyers, but the historic homes; the unique architecture - that seems to be the real attraction. When you think about it, there are only so many neighborhoods in Salt Lake with old, historic homes. The consistency of the neighborhood is what separates it from other historic districts.
As one might guess, the Harvard-Yale area has down-home feel, but an upscale nature. Naturally, with the name like Hah-vahd it comes with the territory. But homes in the Harvard-Yale area vary greatly in size and stature. From quaint-looking, single-level bungalows to massive English Cottage and Tudor estates, the area is not without its variety.
Early homes in the Harvard-Yale area began springing up on Yale Avenue near the turn of the century. Most of these homes were bungalows and Prairie Style dwellings, which led the way to more sophisticated Colonial Revival and English Tudor homes that surface in the 1920's.
One of the more prominent builders in the neighborhood's early years was Samuel Campbell. A general contractor and builder, Campbell got his feet wet in 1913, building homes along lower and upper Yale Avenue and the Normandie Heights subdivision.
Other prominent developers in the area's early days included J.A. Shaffer, William E. Hubbard, Graham H. Doxey, Howard Layton, Carl Buehner and Gaskell Romney, who was active in the building homes along the Princeton Avenue in the late 1920's. Romney's son, George, was the former president of the board of American Motors Corp.