Chancellor Green Library at Princeton University

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2008-01-03

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The Chancellor Green Library is the most pronounced example of a the High Victorian Gothic style on the campus. It is also the most successful. A symmetrical building featuring strong geometric forms, rich ornamentation, and a marvelous octagonal rotunda (the ceiling in Chancellor Green Library is one of the most striking structures in Princeton), the library is characterized by its own grace and integrity. Designed by William A. Potter, Chancellor Green Library was commissioned in the spring of 1871 and was underwritten by John C. Green. The building was named for Green's brother, Henry W. Green, class of 1820, a trustee of the College and Chancellor of New Jersey. The foundation was laid by November 1871, and the walls finished in time for Commencement the following spring. It was dedicated in May 1873 and its costs exceeded $100,000.

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Chancellor Green Library, Collegiate Gothic Architecture, Gothic Architecture, 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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