46. Cloaca Maxima


This sunken structure was called the Cloaca Maxima and served as the College’s main sanitary facility in the late nineteenth century.  Named after a Roman sewer drain constructed in the second century BC, Princeton’s stone and brick Cloaca Maxima replaced the wooden outhouses that had previously been situated near each campus building and frequently targeted by student pranksters and arsonists.  It was situated between the old Whig and Clio buildings, a location that then formed the back of thePrinceton campus.