Prospect House on Princeton University Campus

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2008-09-01

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Originally a model farm, Prospect was purchased in 1824 by John Potter, a wealthy merchant from South Carolina. His son Thomas F. Potter demolished the original Georgian farmhouse and replaced it with the present Italianate villa designed by John Notman in 1851. In 1878 it was presented to Princeton University for use as a residence for the president. Woodrow Wilson occupied the house when he was president of the University between 1902 and 1910. The form of the flower garden was designed by Ellen Axson Wilson, and the landscape displays a great variety of trees and shrubs, including many exotic specimens from around the world. Since 1968 the house has been used as a faculty club.

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Prospect House Princeton University, Prospect House, Italianate Architecture, Woodrow Wilson, U.S. National Register of Historic Places, U.S. National Historic Landmark, U.S. Historic district Contributing property, Campus of Princeton University, Princeton University, Ivy League, University, Princeton, Mercer County, The Delaware Region, New Jersey, NJ, Jersey, The Garden State

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