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Pforzheimer House, Harvard University

Registration number 20060927H

This certifies that the heraldic arms of Pforzheimer House, Harvard University are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Arms: Per bend Gules and Sable four delves conjoined in bend throughout counterchanged fimbriated Argent all within a bordure Argent.


Joo-Hee Chung, "What are the meanings of the house and graduate school shields?", Harvard Crimson 11/01/2001

Design rationale

Back in the days when Pfoho was called North House, it had a baroque design showing a youthful head, representing the north wind. In the spring of 1983, Woody Hastings, the Master of North House, decided that it was time for North House to have a house shield as it was the only Harvard house without one. He appointed Tim Oey to run a contest to design and choose a new house shield. From a ballot of 4 or 5 entries, the students of North House selected the winning shield. The red in the upper right represents Harvard and the black in the lower portion symbolizes Radcliffe. A black border that signifies the Radcliffe quad surrounds the field. The four squares symbolize the four Radcliffe dormitories or halls included in Pforzheimer House: Mours, Holmes, Comstock, and Wolbach.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


Education, US, P, H

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