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Princeton University, A Pictorial View of It's Beautiful Buildings.
In Awe of It's Beauty
It was fall when I first walked onto the Princeton University campus. I was mezmorized by the beauty. Every turn I took there was another beautiful building on flower to see. All I could imagine is how awesome it would be to attend such an awesome place. It was like a dream come true.
As I watched the students hurry to their classes I could not help but wonder if they knew at their young age how blessed they were. The ivy growing up the historical buildings, the architecture, the stained glass windows, what a site to behold.
I saw the University in the deep of winter and as the snowflakes fell all around my husband and I among the campus again I realized how much it meant to me to be able to see this beautiful campus.
Photos we took of the University
We had the chance to live very near Princeton University . During that time we usually took our friends and family that came to visit to see the beauty of the campus. There is so much rich history and architectural beauty. It is truly amazing. My goal in this hub is to take you on a journey through the campus with my photos.
Princeton University was one of the original 9 institutions of higher education established before the US became a sovereign nation. Eight of these are part of the Ivy Leaugue athletic conference,The other 7 are Harvard, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Brown and Dartmouth. The Eighth, Cornell was founded in1865. The two colonial colleges not of the Ivy league are William and Mary and Rutgers.
I love the picture of the books in the window. We were walking by one of the dorms and noticed the books in the window. It was as if he or she had placed them there just for us. I had to get a shot of them!!!!
One thing you notice as you walk around the campus is all the ivy climbing up the walls. All this can make me think of is Ivy league!!! It is just beautiful .Sping is awesome on campus. The cherry trees are blooming, there are clumps of daffodils scattered all about and often you will see students sitting all around on the lawn enjoying the wonderful weather.
The architecture ranges from the historical to ultra modern. My favorite is the historical as you could probably imagine. I can't imagine being given the gift of attending such a beautiful college.Even the snow filled campus is beautiful.
Nassau Hall was the largest building in colonial history when it was built in 1754. In 1783 Princeton was the Capitol of the United States and the Congress of the Confederation met in it's library where George Washington was Congratulated for winning the revolutionary war.
Alexander Hall was designed by architect William Appleton Potter in 1891-1894. It is of the Bictorian Romanesque architecture. It was built to be the center convocation hall of the university. It is also known for it's large relief carvings symbolizing history of knowledge, science and arts.
The tremendous accoustics of Alexander hall has brought performances by Billy Joel, Ben Stiller and politicians, Hillary Clinton, Condoleeaza Rice, Bill Clinton and Bill Clinton.
The Princeton University Chapel was actually built later incomparison to th universities historical buildings . It was finished in 1928 at a cost of $30 million US dollars by today's standards. It is of the colligiate architecture and at the time it was built was the second largest college chapel in the world behind Cambridge'
The Residential Halls of Princeton University Madison, Hamilton and Holder Halls are of the collegiate Gothic architecture. Madison Halls is the home of a library, student dining hall, a theatre and several historic student halls. The buildings are awe inspiring as you walk among it's walls the history resonates within you.
Whitman hall is one of a total of six residential halls on the campus. It was built n 2007 and named after Meg Whitman, former CEO of Ebay following her S30 million donation to build the hall. It primarily houses upper classmen.
One of the things I loved about Prineton was the shopping in the quaint shops along Nassau Street. I have a piture of the area in the snow, yet my daughter and i loved going to the open market on Tuesdays in the summer in Palmer Square as it is named.
roof line of Alexander hall
Steeples of St.Paul's Church
Blair Hall Dormitory
The grounds are beautiful all year long. As you can see in the photograph of Whitman hall there is a gorgeous lawn for the students to enjoy in the fall, spring and summer.
Part of the university is built around a very historical house. Prospect House. Even more beautiful are the gardens that are kept up year long around the house.
Better known as Prospect Gardens the garden was built behind the most historic architecture on the campus, Prospect House. The first person to own the the land Prospect House was built on was Col. George Morgan. He had a farmhouse buiilt and called it Prospect because of the beautiful view from his home. It was the mid18th century.Later the farmhouse was purchased by John Potter, a wealthy merchant from Charleston SC. He commissioned the American architect John Notman to build a beautiful Italianate Victorian Mansion in place of the farmhouse in1849.
Prospect House is the only building that was not originally built for the University. In 1878 Robert L. and Alexander Stuart of New York bought the mansion and deeded it to then the College of New Jersey. Later the college name was changed to Princeton University.
Soon it became the home for the president's of the University and was often used as a walk through by campus students. Then president of the university, Woodrow Wilson, built an iron fence around the 5 acres of grounds to keep the students from walking across the land. President Wilson's wife Ellen designed the walkway to appear in the shape of the school shield when seen from above. It was then 1904.
Plants in the garden range from the simple to the exotic. They are changed seasonally through funding of an anonymous donor. In 1968 the president's resident was moved and the home was converted to a dining hall.
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On the Princeton University campus there is a beautiful Garden named Prospect Garden. Photos of the gardens are included
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