Quadrangle Club

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This article is about the club at Princeton. For the club at the University of Chicago, see Quadrangle Club (University of Chicago).
Quadrangle Club
View from the back, in winter

The Princeton Quadrangle Club, often abbreviated to "Quad", is one of the eleven eating clubs at Princeton University that remain open. Located at 33 Prospect Avenue, the club is currently "sign-in," meaning it permits any second semester sophomore, junior or senior to join. The club's tradition of openness is demonstrated as far back as 1970, when Quadrangle became one of the first coeducational eating clubs (Princeton University itself began admitting women in 1969, and the last eating clubs to include women did so in 1991).


The club was formed in 1896 in a house built on the south side of Prospect Avenue. In its early years, it changed its location several times. In 1901, it moved to the north side of "the Street," and in 1903 it moved back to the south side, where the Princeton Tower Club now stands. In 1910 it moved to a house built in 1887 for James McCosh, the eleventh president of Princeton University. In 1915, Quadrangle Club sold the McCosh house and built its own house, designed by Henry Milliken, Princeton Class of 1905 in a classic brick Georgian Revival structure. The club has existed in this building since 1916.

F. Scott Fitzgerald described Quadrangle Club in This Side of Paradise as "Literary Quadrangle." Fitzgerald later commented that he might have felt more comfortable in "Literary Quadrangle" with contemporaries such as John Peale Bishop, an American poet.[1][2]

Musical tradition[edit]

With some funding from the Princeton Undergraduate Student Government, the Quadrangle Club has hosted to some of the biggest concerts on Princeton's campus, including Barenaked Ladies in 1993, Lifehouse in 2003, and Maroon 5 in 2004.[3][4] These concerts have been documented as having drawn more than half of the university's entire undergraduate population. Below is a listing of the groups that have performed at the club in recent years at the semiannual University-wide festival called "Lawnparties". It is also of note that, over the past few years at smaller events, the club hosted Welbilt on multiple occasions, befriending the band and was honored with one of their final performances before the band's break up. The Quadrangle Club is additionally home to several distinguished a cappella groups.[citation needed]

Semester Performing Group(s)
Spring 2005 Phantom Planet and The Gin Blossoms[5]
Fall 2005 Jurassic 5[6][7]
Spring 2006 Ghostface Killah and Rooney
Fall 2006 The Pink Spiders and Rihanna[8][9]
Spring 2007 Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish[10]
Fall 2007 The Fold and Everclear
Spring 2008 Howie Day and New Found Glory
Fall 2008 Matt Nathanson and Lupe Fiasco[11]
Spring 2009 Gym Class Heroes[12]
Spring 2010 The Roots[13]
Fall 2010 Super Mash Bros and B.o.B[14]
Spring 2011 Big K.R.I.T. and Wiz Khalifa[15]
Fall 2011 Far East Movement and The White Panda[16]
Spring 2012 Timeflies and Childish Gambino[17]
Fall 2012 Third Eye Blind
Spring 2013 Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
Fall 2013 Chiddy Bang and T-Pain
Spring 2014 Mayer Hawthorne and GRiZ
Fall 2014 Schoolboy Q and Angel Haze

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Tumball, Andrew. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Grove Press, 2001: p. 57
  2. ^ Princeton by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. ^ The E-Quad News, Princeton University
  4. ^ Images from Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  5. ^ Meet the band - The Daily Princetonian
  6. ^ No method to madness - The Daily Princetonian
  7. ^ The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Concert Planners Face Range of Hurdles
  8. ^ Rihanna to perform at Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  9. ^ Pon de Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  10. ^ Two punk rock, ska bands to perform at Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  11. ^ Lupe Fiasco to play at Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  12. ^ Gym Class Heroes to Perform at Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  13. ^ Web Update: The Roots will perform at Lawnparties
  14. ^ B.o.B to Headline Lawnparties, Confirming Speculation - The Daily Princetonian
  15. ^ Rapper Wiz Khalifa to Perform at Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  16. ^ Far East Movement to Headline Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  17. ^ Rapper Childish Gambino to Headline Spring Lawnparties - The Daily Princetonian
  18. ^ 'Prince' Elects Apple Chairman, Motland Voted Business Manager - The Daily Princetonian
  19. ^ Tumball, Andrew. Scott Fitzgerald. New York: Grove Press, 2001: p. 57
  20. ^ Inside the Mind of Jeff Bezos | Fast Company
  21. ^ Frank Deford & Princeton Eating Clubs
  22. ^ Princeton Class of 1953
  23. ^ PAW November 8, 2006: Features
  24. ^ "Education: One of the Ablest". Time. December 17, 1956. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  25. ^ Princeton - News - Mudd Library Completes Catalog, Preservation of Adlai E. Stevenson Papers

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