Nassau Hall is the oldest building at Princeton University in Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. At the time it was built in 1756, Nassau Hall was the largest building in colonial New Jersey and the largest academic building in all the American colonies. The University, then known as the College of New Jersey, held classes for one year in Elizabeth and nine years in Newark before the Hall was completed in 1756. Designed originally by Robert Smith, the building was subsequently remodeled by notable American architects Benjamin Latrobe and John Notman. In the early years of Princeton University, Nassau Hall accommodated classrooms, a library, a chapel, and residential space for students and faculty. It housed the university's first Department of Psychology, for example.During the events of the American Revolutionary War, Nassau Hall was possessed by both British and American forces and suffered considerable damage, especially during the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. From July to October 1783, Princeton was the capital of the early United States and Nassau Hall hosted the entire American government. The Congress of the Confederation met in the building's library on the second floor. According to Princeton University, "Here Congress congratulated George Washington on his successful termination of the war, received the news of the signing of the definitive treaty of peace with Great Britain, and welcomed the first foreign minister—from the Netherlands—accredited to the United States." Find out how to plan Princeton trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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This is a highlight on the Princeton campus. You can't drive on the campus so find a parking lot. The building is stunning and free to view. more »
Very historic building adjacent to Princeton battlefield. It was the largest such building of an institution at the time. First US Capitol. Very nice grounds. Must visit in Princeton. more »
Beautiful and majestic building. This is the heart of Princeton. The oldest building on campus and at the time one of the largest in the country. Briefly served as the meeting place of Congress.
Beautiful place and too good for taking pictures.
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