This is part of my photo series of the architecture on the old part of the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey, USA on 9/15/2010. If you happened to see my post of last week, "Passageway 6 - Princeton", this is the dorm across a narrow courtyard from the dorm pictured in that photo. That photo was actually taken from the archway in this building, as it was looking down on the other dorm. I found this area by accident while looking for something else. Besides the beautiful architecture in the building, I loved this little picnic area tucked away in this out of the way spot. I liked the teal of the umbrella as it contrasted with the colors in the building and the greens of the grass and bushes. I did have a difficult time in trying to decide to crop the photo, but decided I wanted the open windows on the right and the steps and archway on the left. I also wanted to show as much of the building as possible and with as much of the architecture also. I wanted to put the picnic area into context and also give people an idea of the size of this part of the building, as it is quite close to the building. Enjoy!
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 1775. The American Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776 (this was the date of the first signature as not all of the �??states�?? had approved the document to allow their representative to sign it on the same date). July 4th 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: Shot with a Nikon D200, using a Nikkor 18.0x70.0 mm lenses, rainy day, tripod, f/4.0, 1/25, ISO 100, focal length 34.0 mm.
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