"I crossed to the other side and leaned on the rail above the boathouses."

Great Bridge, Charles River, with Weld Boathouse in the foreground
Public DomainGreat Bridge, Charles River, with Weld Boathouse in the foreground - Credit: Brighton Allston Historical Society

Harvard University’s boathouses — then represented by the Weld and the Newell — stand on the banks of the Charles River, along with other boathouses not affiliated with the university.

 

The wooden drawbridge which Quentin crosses is based on the Great Bridge. It stood on the site currently occupied by the Anderson Memorial Bridge, which today bears a plaque memorializing Quentin’s fictional demise.

 

 

 

Follow Quentin across the modern-day bridge below.