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Princeton Township in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Historic Portico Preservation and Rebuilding

 
 
Historic Portico Preservation and Rebuilding Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
1. Historic Portico Preservation and Rebuilding Marker
Inscription. The preservation and rebuilding here of this historic portico were due to the leadership of the architects of New Jersey in commemoration of the centennial year of the American Institute of Architecture in 1937. Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-88) was its architect. He was one of the founders of the American Institute of Architects and became its second president. His best known work is the dome of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

This portico was created in 1836 for the residence of Mathew Newkirk in Philadelphia. It was moved to Princeton about 1900 and erected as the entrance of a house called Mercer Manor because it stood on the eastern edge of the Princeton Battlefield near the spot where General Mercer was mortally wounded in the engagement.

When it was necessary to demolish Mercer Manor in 1937, its owners, the Institute for Advanced Study, presented the portico to the State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 40° 20.02′ N, 74° 40.629′ W. Marker is in Princeton Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Touch for map. This marker is on a freestanding portion of the colonnade of the demolished "Mercer Manor" house at the back of a field in the Princeton Battlefield State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Portion of the Historic Portico and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. Portion of the Historic Portico and Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This is Hallowed Ground (here, next to this marker); Burial Site of those who fell in the Battle of Princeton (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonnade and Gravesite (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Mercer Oak (about 700 feet away); Site of Moulder’s Battery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington’s Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); The British Occupation of New Jersey (approx. 0.3 miles away); General Hugh Mercer (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton Township.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Historic Portico image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 08
3. The Historic Portico
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 22, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 820 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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