The Princeton 15

Is it possible to fall in love with a university campus? If so, then Princeton has won my heart. I hope my sweetie Jeff doesn’t get too jealous.

I drove 45 minutes west from my new hometown on the Shore, and lo and behold, found myself on the campus of one of America’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. I brought my camera and preserved 99 images on my trusty Nikon, of which I’ve whittled down to the following 15 for your pure viewing pleasure (or so I hope). I now present to you . . . the Princeton 15!

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Artsy Shot of a building on Nassau Street.

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A young Tony Danza greeted me through the glass pane of the Princeton Record Exchange (which has a surprisingly unique DVD collection; I purchased 3 while I was there, and I’m not even that into watching movies and TV).

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A shop on Nassau Street that made me feel as if I were in Tudor England, or perhaps somewhere in Belgium.

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He looks pretty convincing, right? But don’t be fooled; he’s made of bronze. The sculpture is called “Out to Lunch” by J. Seward Johnson, Jr.

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The Princeton campus is chock full of mysterious portals.

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Although this shot is reminiscent of spring, the day of my Princeton photo session was a hot one: 85 degrees and sunny.

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So many of the buildings on campus are adorned with gargoyles and Latin inscriptions. I couldn’t help but feel as if I were at Hogwart’s.

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The Princeton University website informs its viewers that the architectural styles on campus include Colonial, Collegiate Gothic, Italianate, Romanesque and modern. I wonder which this would be considered? Certainly not the latter.

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I heart lamp posts.

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We’re on an Ivy League campus. Roar!

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Stairway leading to Blair Hall, a building in the Tudor Gothic style which is, architecturally-speaking, the campus masterpiece.

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Blair Hall towers over campus, stunning against the backdrop of a cloudless sky.

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Blair Hall, Detail

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A bronze tiger statue sits regally (and perpetually motionless) in Palmer Square.

I spotted this beauty on a campus community board. She stood out among all the other leaflets: she makes me think of the old axiom

I spotted this beauty on a campus community board. She stood out among all the other leaflets, as she makes me think of the old axiom “Art=Politics=Activism.”

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4 comments

  1. Katy

    Love these Gina – I never realized Princeton was so much like a castle community. I think I need to add it to the list of must see’s someday!

  2. Soo glad you made the trip and as I can see, you liked Princeton! It’s nine years now that I visit there periodically and it really is a beautiful town/univ. campus. I see you found the Princeton Record Exchange!! I love that place and on my most recent visit w/ Brian, I indulged in the 1990s cd section of things I’m missing, like the Chili Peppers. 😉 I encourage you to go back once the Fall semester starts, as you really don’t get the full ‘college feel’ of the place unless the summer break is over.

    • Come to think of it, Patricia, I remember viewing some pretty cool Instagram photos you posted from your visits to Princeton with Brian. Maybe we can all meet up there at some point for a drink. And yes, I was enamored of the Princeton Record Exchange! I walked in and felt like I’d entered a vortex that transported me back to the good ol’ days of late 90’s used CD shops, which I’d so adored during my college years in Minneapolis. 😉 I would have stayed longer, but my parking meter was set to expire. I’ll definitely be back to Princeton again soon. As always, thanks for your commentary!

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