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In mid-October, 2021, Princeton Prospect Foundation (PPF), backed by an informal coalition of concerned community residents and alumni, recently came to a reasonable and viable compromise agreement with the University which will preserve three historic Victorian-era houses that had been targeted to demolition as part of the huge new Environmental Studies and School of Engineering and Applied Science building complex to be located adjacent to the eating clubs. There also are other benefits to the agreement, especially the University stating that it will support the establishment of a new local Prospect Avenue Historic District that would include all of the eating clubs.

Open Houses at Princeton University’s Eating Clubs

Princeton Prospect Foundation provides for periodic public access to Princeton University’s iconic eating clubs where generations of students have taken meals and socialized in historic and architecturally significant clubhouses that date as far back as 1895.  There is no fee to visit the clubs during open houses, nor are reservations required.  Regrettably, the open houses scheduled for all of 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  It is hoped that open houses will resume in 2022.

The fascinating origins and evolution of the clubs, along with many archival images and spectacular photos, can be found in The Princeton Eating Clubs, written by award-winning author Clifford W. Zink in 2017. This beautiful book is available at Labyrinth Books and the Princeton University Store, and on Amazon: