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The eating clubs offer juniors and seniors the opportunity to become a part of a close-knit community. They reinforce existing friendships while also introducing you to a wonderful, new, and diverse group of Princetonians. The clubs offer a home on campus where students can come together to enjoy a great meal, take a breath to relax, and develop life-long
friendships.

Hannah Paynter ’19, President of the Interclub Council, President of Cloister Inn

You join the club because your friends are there, but then by the time you graduate you’ve also made dozens of new great friends for the rest of your life.

Liam Morton '02, Cap and Gown Club

Each of Princeton’s clubs is different and through the years has achieved a distinct personality and set of traditions. This is as it should be, for it will be a sorry day for the world if ever such distinctions and peculiarities, and the especial loyalties they invoke, are lost.

Struthers Burt, Class of 1904

By joining an eating club, I’ve gained a sense of home and community that keeps me grounded on campus. I’m incredibly grateful for the life-long friendships I’ve developed and the many opportunities it has given me to grow my community and enrich my Princeton experience.

Rachel Macaulay ’19, President of Tower Club

Eating clubs serve as the perfect bridge between your underclassman and upperclassman years. They reinforce the strong friendships you've established and encourage new relationships with a diverse new group of people. By spending time talking, eating, studying, and socializing, we find that we are surrounded by some of the most brilliant yet modest and talented yet compassionate people, all from incredibly diverse backgrounds with a wide range of different life experiences and stories to share.

Katrina Maxcy '14, Former President of Colonial Club

The eating clubs are so much more than where 70 percent of Princeton juniors and seniors take their meals. They are where students are studying, collaborating on assignments, and encouraging each other as they write the last page of that junior paper or senior thesis. They are where students are coming together at tables to discuss an interesting news story, a great movie someone has seen recently, a campus issue, or any of a cornucopia of possible topics. They are where students are socializing and celebrating the end of a stressful day or a stressful week at high-quality social events. They are where students are engaging in meaningful service to the community outside of the Orange Bubble. The eating clubs are unique to Princeton, and they exemplify what is unique about Princeton — a sense of always being able to come home, whether you're just joining as a sophomore or are coming for your 50th Reunion.

Jean-Carlos Arenas '16, Former President of the Interclub Council, Former President of Charter Club

Eating clubs are places in which to find a home on campus. More than just a building to socialize in, they exist to create that feeling of family and acceptance – somewhere where you’re free to just be yourself, and relax into a community that accepts and loves you for you. Being in an eating club allows you to meet so many great people that otherwise you might never have met – people from backgrounds and cultures that differ greatly from your own, but who will nonetheless become some of your closest friends on campus. Being a part of one of these groups enables you to have a community that will always be yours, and that you will continue to be a part of long after you graduate. I find that in my own experience, I am constantly and unerringly amazed by the people I have met through my club, and by the sheer kindness with which everyone treats one another. I wouldn’t trade my eating club experience for anything in the world.

Conor O’Brien ’19, President of Charter Club

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Tower is epitomized by the dining room table. Sit down for a meal, and the first thing you’ll notice is the number of people eating dinner. At Tower, an eight-person table can always hold a few more. As the conversation gets started, you’ll notice that it touches on all sorts of topics. Tower consistently attracts members from a broad array of interests. During your meal, you could be next to singers, dancers, writers, EMTs, actors, athletes, and more. The openness and friendly atmosphere at Tower draws members from every facet of Princeton life.

But of course, what you will without a doubt notice is the quality of the food. Every club will tell you that they have excellent food, but there is no question that Tower’s is the best on the street. And no need to take our word for it: many of our friends from other clubs have a meal in Tower only to praise the “restaurant style” food we have. In addition to prepared food, all meals can be made to order, whether it’s a breakfast omelet, the famous Buddha sandwich for lunch (ham, fried egg, and cheese) and perhaps salmon or osso buco for dinner. The credit goes to our amazing staff led by Jim Forkel and Jim Hayes.

 

More About Tower Club

Facilities
On the ground floor of Tower, there are many spaces to hang out with friends or to study. First, there is the much loved Coat Room with a fireplace and plenty of couches where you can chill between classes or do some homework by the roaring fire in the winter. On the side, there is the Pogue Room: a cozy space with a pull down screen where you can project TV, movies, or video games. Next to the Pogue Room is the billiards room, with two tables and a handful of chairs lit by numerous windows facing the street. On the south side of the club is our newest addition, the Great Room, filled with couches, chairs, tables, and a bar to boot, along with small patios with french doors overlooking the backyard. It has wall to wall windows and a projector as well; perfect for late night football games or the Kentucky Derby during Houseparties. Downstairs, you find the kitchen, the dining room, the taproom, and the game room. The latter has a restored mural depicting the very first football game in history (between Rutgers and Princeton), while the dining room doubles as an eating area during meal times but also as a study spot during the off hours. Head upstairs and you can find several great spots to study: the library, (which has its own fireplace for the winter months), the thesis room for those seniors (fretfully) finishing their theses, and the Precept Room where classes are sometimes held throughout the week. The last room on the 2nd floor is the Green Room, containing an additional TV that you can watch movies or shows on. The third floor is where the officer corps lives. Finally, Tower naturally has a large tower facing the street, used for events like Lawnparties and formals to give the membership a beautiful view of the musical acts or just the University as a whole.

History
In the spring of 1902, based on the idea of four sophomores, John Lee ’04, Henry Pogue ’04, Otto Wolff ’04, Conway Shearer ’04, and junior Frank “Pop” Little ’03, a group of intrepid young men lead the formation of a new upper-classman eating club. In April, a stake of $400 was placed to ensure the secure formation of the club the following year.

 

In September of the same year, in the old Monastery Club on University Place, the Princeton Tower Club was formed. It was comprised of 13 members of the senior class, and 13 juniors. During that year, the club hoped to move to a much coveted plot on Prospect Avenue, but settled for the Gulick House on Olden Street. Gulick was also known as the Incubator because it had served as a first home for a number of the infant eating clubs. After one term in the “Incubator,” Tower purchased a plot of land from the Cottage Club and, in September of 1904, moved to a new home at 89 Prospect Avenue. This “modern” facility, which boasted hot-air heating, was improved with a laid sidewalk, a tennis court, and the additional purchase of adjacent land.

After seven years at that location, Tower bought the old Quadrangle Club building, which by then had moved to Nassau Street. While using this facility for four years, the Club secured the purchase of a plot of land from Quad at 13 Prospect Ave. for $25,000. Although a structure existed on the new grounds, there was great demand to build a new clubhouse for Tower. Using money from the sale of the 89 Prospect property several years earlier, the Tower Club set about designing and building the new house. Roderic E. Barnes ’03 was selected to design an “ample, attractive and practical clubhouse, without making it ostentatious.” And, in 1917, the clubhouse that is still used to this day was completed. Included in its design was the Tower, which symbolized the club and bears its seal.

In 1921, the clubhouse, which by then had become synonymous with Tower, had a disastrous fire, which started and was mainly contained within the tower. The day after the fire, every member of the Board was at the site, and immediate plans were made for the repairs, which were rapidly completed. Throughout the war era, the club remained open even though its membership dropped at one point to a mere fifteen men, all of whom were ROTC officers.

Throughout the years, Tower had been maintained through the leadership of a number of particularly devoted individuals, including James W. Newman ’26, and Dudley Woodbridge ’44. The club has added a sunroom, a billiards room, an upstairs taproom, and the new kitchen and dining facilities. Under the leadership of Tower, an Interclub Council was formed to address issues involving all of the Princeton eating clubs. Tower also led the formation of the Prospect Foundation which enables educational opportunities on the “Street.” Tower was one of the first clubs to decide to accept women in 1971. Recent improvements to the club include the purchase of a new entertainment center, the restoration of our famous football mural, and the renovation of the basketball and volleyball court in the backyard.

Today, Tower is a vibrant club of approximately 210 upper-class members whose interests encompass nearly all aspects of Princeton life. Members enjoy what has been consistently rated the best food on the street as well as wide array of resources at their disposal including entertainment facilities, pool tables, DVD collections, computer facilities, and much more.

Always True Blue, always the best!

Alumni

“Tower Club is listed in the University catalogue as one of the Prospect Street eating clubs, but it is much more than that. To us who now use it daily, it is a second home here in Princeton, a place where we belong and which somehow seems to belong to us. There, besides eating, we meet our friends, entertain our guests, and relax in peace and quiet – a sanctuary from the daily routine of classes and work. Tower Club is the center of our social life and is so intimately fused with our upper-class years that is it is impossible to conceive of Princeton without the club as a focal point.”

-William Haerther ’42.

 

About Tower Club

13 Prospect Avenue
609-924-0473
www.princetontowerclub.com


Contacts

Grad Board Chair: Mike Matejek
Club Manager: Jim Forkel
Head Chef: Jim Hayes


 

Undergraduate Officers

Club President: Aliya Somani
Vice President: Katie Kuk
Treasurer: Paulo Frazao
Secretary: Conor Vance
House Manager: Todd Gilman
Security Chair: Olivia Johnston
Social Vice President: Bilal Mubarack
Activities Chair: Leo Li
Activities Chair: Stephanie Domaradsky
Tech Chair: Aditya Cowsik
Tech Chair: Annette Chu
Intramural Chair: Ethan Sterenfeld



Total club members:

231


Club Dues

Juniors/Seniors 2018-2019: $9650

Sophomore (spring) dues: $1100
2 meals a week/ Every meal except breakfast and Thursday and Sunday dinners. Full social membership


Shared Meal Plans Available:

10



Meals & Menu

Monday – Friday:
Breakfast (8:00 – 9:00)
Lunch (11:45 – 1:15)
Dinner (5:45 – 7:15)

Saturday – Sunday:
Brunch (11:30 – 1:30)
Dinner (5:45 – 7:15)



View a sample menu


Community Service, Sustainability & Improvements

View our latest report to the Princeton Prospect Foundation