Remember those free houses that Princeton University wants to give away to anyone willing and able to take them? Well, the deadline for this amazing offer is tomorrow, Tuesday April 30. If you want one, you better hurry up and let the folks down at the University know soon!
Princeton University wants to get rid of these houses, because they stand in the way of their new ‘Arts and Transit’ Development. (This is the same development that is going to result in the Dinky station moving even further down Alexander Street.)
Although Princeton University has reported ‘some interest’ in the houses, last we heard nobody had actually agreed to cart them off. As we reported previously, it’s easier said than done. Professional house movers have suggested that it would take at least $300,000 to move a house. It would almost certainly be cheaper to build a new house.
At this point, it’s probably too late. We went to look at the houses, which lie on the east side of Alexander Street, in walking distance to central Princeton, between 106 Alexander Street to 152 Alexander Street. If you compare the photos shown here with the images on Google Maps, or from earlier reports of this story, you will notice that the houses are in terrible shape. Fenced in behind construction hoardings, it seems that Princeton University has given up on trying to find somebody to take the houses, and has instead decided to give them the wrecking ball.
These may be the last photos ever taken of these houses. It’s a bit of a shame, because they were of a certain period style, with some interesting features. You might have thought that somebody, somewhere would be interested in owning an historic Princeton house. But apparently not… At some point in the future, this site will be transformed into the new Arts and Transit center, and people arriving to eat at a new Terra Momo restaurant will pass through, not even knowing that these houses were ever here.