Cloister Inn

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Cloister Inn
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Cloister Inn is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Cloister Inn
Cloister Inn is located in New Jersey
Cloister Inn
Cloister Inn is located in the United States
Cloister Inn
Location65 Prospect Ave, Princeton, New Jersey
Coordinates40°20′55.0″N 74°39′02.0″W / 40.348611°N 74.650556°W / 40.348611; -74.650556Coordinates: 40°20′55.0″N 74°39′02.0″W / 40.348611°N 74.650556°W / 40.348611; -74.650556
ArchitectAlbert Relsen
Architectural styleCollegiate Gothic
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (#75001143[1])
Added to NRHP27 June 1975

Cloister Inn is one of the undergraduate eating clubs at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

Founded in 1912, Cloister occupies a neo-Gothic building on Prospect Avenue, between Cap and Gown Club and Charter Club. Cloister closed temporarily in 1972, becoming open to all Princeton alumni, before reopening as an undergraduate club in 1977. The club is "sign-in", meaning that it selects its members from a lottery process rather than the bicker process used by several of the eating clubs.[2] Cloister typically attracts an athletic crowd and its members often include a number of Olympians. The official motto of the club is “Where everybody knows your name”.[3]


Cloister Inn was founded in 1912. The present building was constructed in 1924.

Cloister received mention in Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's 2004 bestselling novel The Rule of Four. Caldwell, a 1998 graduate of Princeton, was a member of Cloister.[4]

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  1. ^ "Princeton Historic District". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Cloister Inn". Princeton University. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  3. ^ "Cloister Inn". The Eating Clubs of Princeton University. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  4. ^ a b c "History | Cloister Inn". Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  5. ^ "Craig Mazin on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  6. ^ Duazo, Catherine (2013-05-01). "As she transitions out of Princeton, Slaughter '80 remembers undergraduate years". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  7. ^ Lack, Kelly (2008-03-13). "Spitzer '81 resigns as N.Y. Gov". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  8. ^ Cloister Inn
  9. ^ Brown, Randolph (2010-11-24). "Eyeing Congress: Hayworth '81". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  10. ^ Donnelly, Jacob (2014-04-20). "Long time Obama aide and long time writer of classmate news: Chris Lu '88". The Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "Cloister Innsider: Fall 2015". Issuu. Retrieved 2016-04-16.
  12. ^ "Tiger of the Week: Grant Wentworth '09 Swims With Sharks to Raise Money for Cancer Care". Princeton Alumni Weekly. Retrieved 2016-04-16.

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