Nassau Club

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Nassau Club
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Formation23 November 1889 (1889-11-23)
FounderWoodrow Wilson
TypePrivate Club
Membership (2006)
700 resident
800 non-resident[1]
Nassau Club
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Nassau Club is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Nassau Club
Location6 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ
Coordinates40°20′52.5″N 74°39′48.3″W / 40.347917°N 74.663417°W / 40.347917; -74.663417Coordinates: 40°20′52.5″N 74°39′48.3″W / 40.347917°N 74.663417°W / 40.347917; -74.663417
ArchitectAymar Embury II (1911)
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (#75001143[2])
Designated CP27 June 1975

The Nassau Club of Princeton, New Jersey, founded in 1889 by, among others, Woodrow Wilson as a town-and-gown club to bring the townspeople and the University faculty together, is now a private social club.[1] It moved into its current location in 1903. The clubhouse was originally built in 1813-14 as the home of Samuel Miller, the second professor of the Princeton Theological Seminary, on land belonging to his father-in-law, Continental Congressman Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant. Sergeant had built a large house on the site shortly before the American Revolution but it was burned down during the British occupation prior to the Battle of Princeton.[3]

The club provides dining and social spaces, as well as guest rooms for visiting members. Originally formed as a men's club, it has allowed both male and female members for several decades. The clubhouse was expanded in 1911, by architect Aymar Embury II,[4] and in 1969 a banquet dining room was added, with extensive renovations in 1992.[5]

In popular culture, the Nassau Club was referenced in the lyrics of the 1981 hit song The American by Scottish rock group Simple Minds.

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  1. ^ a b Keene, Stephanie (May 8, 2006). "Three cheers for old Nassau Club". The Daily Princetonian.
  2. ^ "Princeton Historic District". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ Hageman, John Frelinghuysen (1878). History of Princeton and Its Institutions, Volume 1. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Company. p. 123.
  4. ^ New York Landmarks Preservation Commission (2006-06-20). "ASTORIA PARK POOL AND PLAY CENTER" (PDF). LP- 2196. Retrieved 2006-12-24. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Selden, William K. "About the Club". Nassau Club.

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