Notes on Naming

The CPUC Committee on Naming is seeking suggestions for naming two more spaces on the Princeton University Campus:  Marx Hall and 36 University Place.  The Board of Trustees recently referred the spaces to the committee for its recommendation.  Marx Hall houses the University Center for Human Values,  seminar rooms and academic offices, while 36 University Place is a multi-use facility that includes the University Store, Center for Career Development and student-focused programs overseen by the Office of the Dean of the College.

Lower levels of 36 University Place are under renovation to create a new Office of Admission visitor center for prospective students and their families, with an anticipated opening in summer of 2020.


Marx Hall

36 University Place

36 University Place

Honorific Names

Many buildings at Princeton are named for donors or their friends, families or alumni classes, but some have honorific names that were requested by the donors: two examples are Lewis Thomas Laboratory, named at the request of Laurance Rockefeller ’32 for Lewis Thomas ’33, a prominent doctor and essayist, and Bowen Hall, named at the request of Gordon Wu ’58 for former Princeton President William G. Bowen *58. Other buildings have honorific names that were assigned by the Trustees, such as John Maclean House, which was named for the Princeton president who founded the Alumni Association when that office moved into the building in 1968. The building previously had served as the home of the Dean of the Faculty, during which time it was known as the Dean’s House.