• Client:Princeton University
  • Location:Princeton, NJ
  • Architect:Goody, Clancy & Associates

Witherspoon Hall Renovation

Witherspoon Hall, Princeton University’s oldest and most prominent residence hall was constructed in the late 1870s with wood floor framing, masonry walls and a slate roof. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is situated prominently on the University’s campus.
The scope of the project included a complete renovation of the ± 45,000 SF building and involved the installation of new mechanical and electrical systems, structural work including floor in-fills, replacement of all stairs with new, new windows involving over 100 year old chestnut frames, extensive rebuilding of the late roof and intricate millwork and trim work throughout.

Key Highlights:

Removal and restoration of historic wood windows

Cleaning, repointing and restoration of existing exterior masonry

Roof replacement and restoration of wooden roof eaves

Miscellaneous shoring and support of existing structure during removal of floors for a new stair system

New mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems throughout; required coordination with existing structure and clearance issues

Considerable protection of existing interior finishes to remain; e.g., wood flooring, cased openings, etc.

Protection of existing exterior finishes to remain; e.g., existing masonry, stairs and trees

Our Sector Knowledge


Irwin & Leighton has over 100 years of experience in the Educational sector managing projects on all areas of an academic campus.