The current clubhouse as viewed from Prospect Avenue in a 1909 photographic postcard
|Location||43 Prospect Ave, Princeton, New Jersey|
|Architect||Cope and Stewardson|
|Part of||Princeton Historic District (#75001143)|
|Added to NRHP||27 June 1975|
The Ivy Club, often simply the Ivy, is the oldest eating club at Princeton University, and it is "still considered the most prestigious." It was founded in 1879 with Arthur Hawley Scribner as its first head.
As described by F. Scott Fitzgerald in This Side of Paradise (1920), the club is "detached and breathlessly aristocratic". A more recent account described Ivy as the "most patrician eating club at Princeton University" where members "eat at long tables covered with crisp white linens and set with 19th-century Sheffield silver candelabra, which are lighted even when daylight streams into the windows."
The club was one of the last to admit women, resisting the change until spring 1991 after a lawsuit had been brought against the Ivy Club, Tiger Inn, and Cottage Club by the Princeton student Sally Frank. The members of each class are selected through the bicker process, a series of ten screening interviews, which are followed by discussions amongst the members as to whom of the remaining to admit. Current undergraduate members host regular "Roundtable Dinners" featuring talks by faculty and alumni.
The first clubhouse was Ivy Hall, a brownstone building on Mercer Street in Princeton that still stands. It had been constructed by Richard Stockton Field in 1847 as the home for the Princeton Law School, a short-lived venture that lasted from 1847 to 1852. From the time of its founding until its incorporation in 1883, the club was generally known as the "Ivy Hall Eating Club."
In 1883 the club purchased an empty lot on Prospect Avenue, which was a country dirt road at the time. Ivy erected a shingle-style clubhouse in 1884 on what is today the site of Colonial Club. The clubhouse was remodeled and extended in 1887-88. Following Ivy's move to new quarters across Prospect Avenue some ten years later, its second clubhouse was used by Colonial before being sold and moved to Plainsboro Township, New Jersey.
Ivy's third and current clubhouse was designed in 1897 by the Philadelphia firm of Cope & Stewardson. In 2009, the club completed its most significant renovation to date. The expansion added a second wing to the facility, changing the club's original L-shaped layout to a U. Designed by Demetri Porphyrios, the new wing includes a two-story Great Hall and a crypt to provide additional study space.
- Hobey Baker – World War I fighter pilot, member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame
- James A. Baker III – Chief of Staff for Ronald Reagan; Secretary of Treasury and Secretary of State for George H. W. Bush
- Lem Billings – confidante and "first friend" of President John F. Kennedy who was Kennedy’s freshman-year roommate at Princeton
- Joshua B. Bolten – White House Chief of Staff and Office of Management and Budget director under George W. Bush
- Philip Bobbitt – constitutional law scholar and author of The Shield of Achilles: War, Peace, and the Course of History
- Lauren Bush-Lauren – fashion model and niece of George W. Bush
- Joey Cheek – speed skater who won gold and silver medals in the 2006 Winter Olympics and co-founder and president of Team Darfur
- Leonard S. Coleman, Jr. – president of the National League
- Frank Deford - author and sports commentator
- Richard B. Fisher – philanthropist and chairman of Morgan Stanley
- Moira Forbes—president and publisher, ForbesWoman
- Bill Ford - Ford Motor Company
- Thomas F. Gibson – first political cartoonist of USA Today and Director of Communication under Ronald Reagan
- John Marshall Harlan II – Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court
- Frederick Hitz – Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Arthur Krock – four-time Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist
- A.B. Krongard – executive director of the CIA
- Jim Leach – U.S. Congressman from Iowa and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities
- Blair Lee I – United States Senator from Maryland
- Blair Lee III – Governor of Maryland
- Michael Lewis – author of Moneyball and Liar's Poker
- Allan Marquand – logician whose Marquand diagram was a forerunner of the Karnaugh map
- Richard King Mellon – financier, banker, and philanthropist who led the urban renewal of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- John Aristotle Phillips – entrepreneur specializing in political campaigns who became famous for attempting to design a nuclear weapon while a student.
- John Rawls – political philosopher, author of A Theory of Justice, originator of the concepts of original position and veil of ignorance
- Laurance Rockefeller – venture capitalist, philanthropist and environmentalist
- Randall Rothenberg – president and CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau
- Saud bin Faisal bin Abdul Aziz – Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister
- Arthur Hawley Scribner – first head of the eating club and president of publisher Charles Scribner's Sons
- Booth Tarkington – Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist
- Jim Thompson – OSS officer and Thai silk entrepreneur who famously and mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia in 1967
- Terdema Ussery – president and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team
- Rodman Wanamaker – arts patron, aviation pioneer, and founder of the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA)
- Woodrow Wilson – U.S. President, 1913–1921 (Associate Graduate Member)
- John Gilbert Winant – Governor of New Hampshire and U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom
- Frank G. Wisner – public servant and diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India.
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- Yazigi, Monique (May 16, 1999). "At Ivy Club, A Trip Back to Elitism". New York Times. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- Battey, Allison (4 April 2006). "Taking it to 'The Street'". Yale Daily News. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
- Karabel, Jerome (2005). The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 620. ISBN 9780618773558.
- "A. H. Scribner Dead. Headed Book Firm. Son of Founder of Noted Publishing House Is Victim of Heart Attack in His Sleep. Was Active for Princeton. Permanent President of His Class of '81 and an Organizer and First Head of the Ivy Club.". New York Times. July 4, 1932. Retrieved 2008-07-24.
Arthur Hawley Scribner, president of the publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons, died of a heart attack In his sleep early ...
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