Campus and Nassau Hall
We can begin to examine the
rich history of the University at Nassau Hall, the oldest and only original
building on campus, completed in 1756. Princeton was actually founded 10
years earlier, in 1746, though its original name was the College of New
Jersey and its original location was Elizabeth, N.J.
The College moved to its
current location in Princeton, N.J., in 1756, at which time Nassau Hall was
the largest academic building in the colonies. Built of local sandstone,
the building has endured two fires, shelling during the Revolutionary War,
and more than 250 classes of Princetonians. A national historic landmark,
Nassau Hall now houses the offices of the University president and other
senior academic officials.