B Y   T H E   N U M B E R S

Campus acreage

• Most of the land for Princeton's main campus and Graduate College was acquired over a period of 150 years, beginning in 1753 when 4.5 acres given by Nathaniel FitzRandolph provided the site of Nassau Hall and the front campus.

• At a sherriff's sale in 1760, five more acres were added on three sides, widening the front campus and extending the back campus to a line just behind what is now the area occupied by Whig and Clio halls.

• For 85 years, the main campus remained unchanged. Then over a period of another 30 years, the campus grew to a total of 20 acres.

• In 1878, the house and 35 acres of the nearby "Prospect" estate were donated to be used as the president's residence.

• In 1889, 155 acres from the estate of John Green were acquired, extending the campus to the canal between Washington Road and the railroad.

• In 1905, University trustees were presented with a 230-acre tract where the Graduate College eventually was built.

• In the same year, a deed for the 93-acre Olden Farm was presented to the trustees. The property extended from the ridge of Prospect Avenue to Stony Brook on the east side of Washington Road. The land later became the site of athletic facilities and playing fields.

• Today, Princeton's main campus consists of about 500 acres.


April 9, 2001
Vol. 90, No. 23
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