This is part of my series on the architecture of the old campus of Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. This is one of the largest buildings on the Princeton Campus and contains numerous classrooms on the three floors of the two wings of the building. There is an entrance into the classroom wing on each side of the interior archway wall. This photo was taken on a rainy day and you can see that several of the students are standing in the passageway with the umbrellas still open. I took a number of photos that day while standing under an umbrella and this was one of them. There is a little blue in the sky and a few light clouds are visible. The wings of the building form a V if you look at them from the other side of the arch. When you walk through the passageway, you find yourself at the top of a very wide and steep set of steps leading to the lower portion of the campus. There are several landings on the stairway as one goes down. I am trying to get a good photo from the other side, but I have not yet gotten the photo I want to post, but there will be a photo from the other side, eventually. The students are now back in school, so it is more difficult to get photos without people in them. In this case I wanted to have the students in the archway to provide prospective as to the size of the building.
Princeton University was originally called the College of New Jersey when it was established in a nearby community in 1746 and it kept that name for 150 years. It was the 4th British established institution of higher learning in the Colonies that later became the United States of America. It was relocated to Nassau Hall, which still stands and is being used even now, in Princeton in 1756. Nassau Hall was the scene of meetings of the Continental Congress (which preceded our current Congressional system) in the Spring and Fall of 1783. Princeton University is one of the eight universities that are known as the Ivy League schools, seven of which were chartered before the American Revolutionary War. Ivy League schools are considered some of the most elite universities in the United States. The main campus consists of 180 buildings on 500 acres. In the Spring of 2010 the total faculty was 1,132. The total student body for the 2009 - 2010 school year was 7,494. The American Revolutionary War is commonly considered to have started in 1776. The American Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, and the date is currently celebrated as the United States Independence day. General George Washington was victorious at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. Numerous other battles were fought in the area of Princeton. The Final Peace Treaty between the British and the United States of America, The Treaty of Paris, was signed on September 3, 1883, in Paris, France.
Camera Information: Nikon D300 with 18.0-70.0 mm lens, f/5.0, 1/100, ISO 100, focal length 38 mm, natural light, shot in raw, used a tripod
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