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Witherspoon Hall History

Witherspoon Hall was named in honor of Princeton's sixth president, John Witherspoon. At the time of its completion in 1877, it was considered the most beautiful and luxurious college dormitory in the country. One of its first occupants was Woodrow Wilson, who lived here during three of his years as a Princeton undergraduate.

'Spoon (as it is known) underwent extensive renovations in 2002-2003 and now houses freshman and sophomore members of Rockefeller College.

(Adapted from A Princeton Companion.)

Witherspoon Hall, c.1880  (Courtesy Mudd Manuscript Library)
Witherspoon Hall, c.1880
(Courtesy Mudd Manuscript Library)