HIP, HIP…’RAH! ’RAH! ’RAH! TIGER! TIGER! TIGER! SIS! SIS! SIS! BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! AHHHHHHH….Will the Princeton locomotive cheer be coming out in full fanfare at your big event? Then look no more for your destination Princeton invitations! The illustrated invitations and stationery of the LAURA ANN Princeton Campus & Chapel Collection feature a number of landmarks of the picturesque university, one of the first to be indentified with the now idyllic collegiate moniker of “campus.”
Artist, designer, and entrepreneur Laura Elbogen met, got engaged, and married her college sweetheart at their alma mater. Not surprisingly, the LAURA ANN Campus & Chapels painting and stationery series began with their own chapel wedding at Princeton before expanding to other alumni, universities, and landmarks!
Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey
The Princeton University Chapel was built in 1928 and stands as the third largest university chapel in the world. Architect Ralph Adams Cram designed the chapel in the fourteenth century English Gothic style to blend with the spectacular tudor Gothic style already present on campus.
Nassau Hall has withstood the trials of Revolutionary War battle led by George Washington and two major fires to become the beloved university landmark that it is today. The original building was opened by college Pressident Aaron Burr in 1756, with design in the popular Georgian-Colonial style led by carpenter-architect Robert Smith. The building served as capitol of the United States and home to the Continental Congress in 1783. Restorations following the 1802 fire were overseen by Benjamin Latrobe, the first professionally trained architect in America, in the Federal Style. Renovations after a later fire were done in the Italian Renaissance style. Nassau Hall became a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Nassau Hall Tiger Sculptures
Princeton ties to the color orange go way back to the naming of Nassau Hall after King William III, Prince of Orange in the House of Nassau. The sporting of orange and black striped athletic wear began in 1880, and the tiger mascot was born. In 1911 Woodrow Wilson’s class of 1897 gave the University a pair of bronze tiger sculptures sculpted by A. Phimister Proctor. They were a welcome replacement for pair of sculpted lions.
Prospect House and Gardens
The beautiful mansion and gardens at the heart of the Princeton campus was built around 1850, designed in the Italianate Victorian style by American architect John Notman. Woodrow Wilson notably lived in the home during his tenure as president and Mrs. Wilson laid out the design of the gardens in the shape of the university seal, which has been maintained to the present day.
Future tiger hopefuls be warned – it’s a well known superstition that one must not exit out the main gate prior to graduation day, if you plan on graduating! FitzRandolph gate was built in honor of Nathaniel FitzRandolph, who gave the land on which Nassau Hall was built back in 1753. The wrought iron gate was designed by architects McKim, Meade and White in 1905.