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Terrace Club

Coordinates: 40°20′49.8″N 74°39′14.3″W / 40.347167°N 74.653972°W / 40.347167; -74.653972
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Terrace Club is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Terrace Club
Terrace Club is located in New Jersey
Terrace Club
Terrace Club is located in the United States
Terrace Club
Location62 Washington Road, Princeton, New Jersey
Coordinates40°20′49.8″N 74°39′14.3″W / 40.347167°N 74.653972°W / 40.347167; -74.653972
Built1920 (on a pre-existing building)
ArchitectFrederick Stone and Rolf Bauhan
Architectural styleTudor Revival
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (ID75001143[1])
Added to NRHP27 June 1975

Princeton Terrace Club is one of eleven current eating clubs at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Terrace Club was founded in 1904 and is located at 62 Washington Road. It is the sole Princeton eating club located off Prospect Avenue.

Membership and culture[edit]

Terrace Club Seal

In 1967, Terrace became the first eating club to switch to a nonselective lottery "sign-in" system for membership, as opposed to the selective bicker system.[2] Terrace was soon followed by Campus, Colonial, and Cloister. Today five of the 11 remaining operating clubs do not use the bicker system.[3] Terrace was one of the earliest clubs to accept Jewish, African-American, and female members, and today is considered on campus to be the most "alternative," politically liberal eating club. Since 2000, Terrace has been a popular choice for sophomores, filling all of its membership slots either during first round sign-in[4][5][6][7] or by the end of the second round.

Terrace's motto has been "Food=Love" since the mid-eighties. The food is served cafeteria-style and is famous for being more vegetarian-friendly than other clubs. Members of Terrace often refer to the club as "Terrace F. Club" or "TFC". Other nicknames include "the mother," "mother Terrace," or "the womb," and members often refer to themselves as "Terrans".

Weekend events at Terrace often include concerts of indie-scene bands from a variety of genres, including rock, hip-hop, salsa, jazz, and electronica. Many notable artists and groups, including former club member Stanley Jordan, Flipper, Phil Lesh, Yo La Tengo, GWAR, Blues Traveler (Summer '87), ESG, Bim Skala Bim, Elliott Smith, Run DMC, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, Girl Talk, GZA, Immortal Technique, Stereolab, Snarky Puppy, Action Bronson, Vulfpeck, and Tortoise[8] have played at Terrace, some before they were nationally known. Terrace also hosts the Queer Radicals' Annual Drag Ball in October or November.


Original Terrace Club Seal

As was then common practice for newly founded eating clubs, when Terrace Club began in 1904, the members dined in a building on Olden Street known as "The Incubator." This small structure had previously been the original home of Cap & Gown, and had been relocated to Olden Street from Cap and Gown's current location. It served as a temporary home for many eating clubs while their own buildings were under construction or being renovated.

In 1906, the club relocated to the current Washington Road location, which was occupied by a house in the Colonial Revival style which had formerly belonged to faculty member John Grier Hibben. This building was remodeled by architect Frederick Stone in the 1920s to the current configuration with its Tudor-style exterior.[9]

A tea party at Terrace in 1936 is credited[10] as the birthplace of the idea for the short-lived Veterans of Future Wars, an organization that satirized the acceleration of bonus payments to World War I veterans by demanding that its young members be similarly paid for the services they would render their country in conflicts to come.

In 1967, Terrace became the first club to abandon the bicker process.[11] Terrace Club and Colonial Club were the first clubs to accept women following the University's decision to admit women in 1969.[12] In 2011, Terrace became the first club to offer membership to graduate students.[13]

From 1977 until 1984, many of the sign-in clubs faltered due to declining membership numbers, and the Graduate Board seriously considered closing Terrace in 1983. As an attempt to attract new members, chef Larry Frazer began cooking vegetarian meals, a new concept on campus at the time. Frazer was married in Terrace Club in 1982 with the officers acting as attendants and guitarist Stanley Jordan as the musical performer. Frazer later moved on to become chef at Campus Club at the short-lived DEC, and served as the Executive Catering Chef for the University itself.

Much of the reputation Terrace enjoys today grew with the leadership and love of the late Barton R. Rouse, the creative force behind Terrace's parties and excellent food. Frazer had hired Rouse originally to serve as sous chef in 1984 and Rouse later succeeded Frazer as head chef for the club. Rouse was the originator of the club's "Food=Love" motto [14] and brought an imaginative flair to his job, including the creation of themed meals and parties, which soon became a hallmark of the club. Rouse served in this role until his death in 1994.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Princeton Historic District". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ “Terrace, too.” Daily Princetonian Editorial, December 11, 1967
  3. ^ The Daily Princetonian, February 6, 2004, "Bicker process evolves as University grows" (article by Natasha Degen)
  4. ^ The Daily Princetonian, February 5, 2001, "Terrace, Charter lead sign-ins" (article by Molly Bloom)
  5. ^ The Daily Princetonian, February 6, 2006, "Colonial, Terrace fill in first round" (article by Brett Amelkin)
  6. ^ The Daily Princetonian, February 4, 2008, "Charter, Terrace fill in first round" (article by Josh Oppenheimer)
  7. ^ "The Daily Princetonian, February 14, 2012, "Terrace takes 160, highest of sign-ins" (article by Sarah Chen)".
  8. ^ "TheKey.XPN.org, April 12, 2018, "Listen to an incredible recording of Elliott Smith at Princeton, NJ's Terrace Club in April of 1997" (article by John Vettese)". 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ Terrace Club
  10. ^ A Princeton Companion, Alexander Leitch, Princeton University Press 1978
  11. ^ "Timeline of the Eating Clubs at Princeton University"
  12. ^ "Timeline of the Eating Clubs at Princeton University"
  13. ^ "Terrace votes to accept graduate students"
  14. ^ Gastronomica, Spring 2006 Volume 6 Issue 2, article "Eating Ivy" by Lisa Harper, p.20
  15. ^ "Princeton Terrace Club Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2014" (PDF).
  16. ^ Daniel, Hawthorne (1952). Judge Medina, A Biography. W. Funk. pp. 45.
  17. ^ "In celebration of the 98th birthday of William H. Scheide". Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  18. ^ Yaffe, Deborah (February 11, 2009). "Book offers rare look inside Scheide '36's collection". Princeton Alumni Weekly.
  19. ^ "Member Spotlight: William and Judith Scheide". Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  20. ^ Flippen, J. Brooks (2006). Conservative conservationist: Russell E. Train and the emergence of American environmentalism. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. pp. 21. ISBN 0-8071-3203-9.
  21. ^ "Lost in the Meritocracy", The Atlantic, January/February 2005
  22. ^ "IMDb.com Albert Kim". IMDb.
  23. ^ Amy Westfeldt, "The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Win Pulitzers," Associated Press State and Local Wire, 7 April 2003.
  24. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes".
  25. ^ Julie Kestenman (2002-04-23). "Young author Foer '99 illuminates his place in the literary world". Daily Princetonian. Retrieved 2008-01-30.

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