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Campus buildings: additions and subtractions

According to "Princeton University: The First 250 Years" by Don Oberdorfer, the look of the campus has evolved by the subtraction as well as the addition of buildings. The book includes postcards of several University buildings that have disappeared over the course of the last century, including:

•Green School of Science (1874-1928), located near the site of Firestone Library. After it burned down, another building across Washington Road was named for John Green, the founder of the School of Science.

•Dickinson Hall (1870-1920), located on the southwest corner of the site now occupied by Firestone Library. Named for the first president of the College, Jonathan Dickinson, it was lost in the fire that also destroyed Marquand Chapel. A wing built in 1930 that extended McCosh Hall was subsequently named for Dickinson.

•Bonner-Marquand Gymnasium (1870-1908), located near the site of Campbell Hall. It was the College's second gymnasium -- the first had burned down in 1865. The "new" gymnasium was named for Robert Bonner and Henry Marquand, who shared the $38,000 cost of its construction. It was known for two accessories: a bronze statue of a gladiator that stood at the front of the building; and the College's first bathtubs that were in the basement.

•University Hall (1876-1916), located on the corner of University Place and Nassau Street in the space now occupied by Madison Hall. University Hall began its life as a hotel; after eight unprofitable years, it was given to the College for use as a dormitory.

•Halsted Observatory (1868-1932), which was the College's first astronomy building and was located on University Place where Joline Hall now stands.

Other buildings that have vanished include: the Old Chapel, located on the site of East Pyne; East College, located across Cannon Green from West College; and Reunion Hall, located between Stanhope and West College.

Additional source: "A Princeton Companion" by Alexander Leitch.



February 10, 2003
Vol. 92, No. 15
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