High on the Hill

Dixon, Linda J.




If you had come to Tufts a generation or so ago you would have beheld

a large brick-lined reservoir in this quadrangle. It was built in 1860-63 as


an emergency water supply for Charlestown, which had just suffered a disastrous fire. A moonlit stroll around "The Rez," overlooking the panorama of metropolitan Boston, convinced many a young couple that they should walk life's pathway together.

When the Rez was leveled in 1947, its brick lining and iron fence were utilized elsewhere on campus. Later in our tour you will see them. Fortunately, some of the enchantment of the Rez has been transferred to the rooftop terraces of the Wessell Library. Go there on a star-studded night and see.