Notes on Naming

Public Garden being created at Firestone Library

New gardens between Firestone Library and Nassau StreetThis garden is being constructed as a green roof covering a portion of Firestone Library.  The garden will exemplify the University’s commitment to sustainability, and it will be in a prominent location that members of the campus community and visitors to the campus pass by frequently.  It is readily visible from Nassau Street, and thus to the town.  It is a new space that has no existing name.

Easternmost arch in East Pyne

East Pyne east archThis arch looks out on Firestone Plaza and the Chapel; it is the first arch students pass through when they leave the Chapel after Opening Exercises and the first they pass through when they leave after Baccalaureate.  Students frequently designate arches as meeting places and singing groups frequently make use of them.  This arch is on the regular route for Orange Key tour guides.   

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.