Princeton Historic District: Princeton University – NRHP

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Princeton University is one of the nine Colonial universities founded before the American Revolution. It dates back to 1746, when it was The College of New Jersey in Elizabeth and then moved to Newark. In 1756, it moved to its current site in Princeton, New Jersey into the original Nassau Hall building.

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The college was renamed Princeton University in 1896 has consistently been ranked the USA’s top university over the past two decades. Many influential people have graduated from the institution including two US presidents and twelve US Supreme Court justices. It is currently around $66,000 a year to attend Princeton, if you can get in.

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After the completion of Nassau Hall (a national landmark on its own), the campus continued to expand around it. Today, the Princeton campus sits on 500 acres with many gorgeous Collegiate Gothic style buildings and some more modern architecture on the south side.

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A friend from out of town wanted to photograph the architecture, so we drove down to the campus only to find it was move-in day for the students and abuzz with activity. The good thing about this is that there were plenty of people to offer directions and we were able to ride the campus bus from the parking lot to the historic section.

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Location: 125 Faculty Rd., Princeton, NJ

Designation: National Register of Historic Places

Date designated or established: June 27, 1975

Date of my visit: 9/3/2016

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The Princeton University Chapel opened in 1928, replacing an older one that had burned down.

10 thoughts on “Princeton Historic District: Princeton University – NRHP

  1. I think it was nj.com that did a story last year about the real cost of going to college in New Jersey. They looked at what students actually pay as opposed to what the tuition rate is. They found that Princeton was the least expensive four-year college in New Jersey, presumably because of the amount of financial aid they provide.

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  2. Beautiful
    I was just wandering around the Princeton campus last week. Love the chapel.
    Question: As you walk in the Narthex, do you know who the person is depicted in the stained glass window to the right of the front door? He looks like Rumi.
    Thanks
    Lisa

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