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Alexander Johnston Hall is a historic building located on the corner of Somerset Street and College Avenue, New Brunswick in Middlesex County, New Jersey and is the second oldest building on the campus of Rutgers University. It was built in 1830 to handle the expansion of the Rutgers Preparatory School and the two literary societies, Philoclean and Peithessophian.[3] The building, described using its historic name, Rutgers Preparatory School, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 1975 for its significance in architecture and education.[4]

Rutgers Preparatory School
Alexander Johnston Hall, New Brunswick, NJ - looking west.jpg
Alexander Johnston Hall, 2018
Alexander Johnston Hall is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Alexander Johnston Hall
Alexander Johnston Hall is located in New Jersey
Alexander Johnston Hall
Alexander Johnston Hall is located in the United States
Alexander Johnston Hall
Location101 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Coordinates40°29′52″N 74°26′50″W / 40.49778°N 74.44722°W / 40.49778; -74.44722 (Rutgers Preparatory School)
Area0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built1830 (1830)
ArchitectNicholas Wyckoff; Henry Janeway Hardenbergh
Architectural styleSecond Empire, Italianate
NRHP reference #75001145[1]
NJRHP #1882[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 18, 1975
Designated NJRHPMay 8, 1975



Designed by local architect and builder Nicholas Wyckoff in 1830, Alexander Johnston Hall served as the home of the Rutgers College Grammar School, later known as the Rutgers Preparatory School.[4] In 1870, the Rutgers College trustees hired architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (1847–1918) to design a two-story addition for the building.[4] It was the first of three commissions Hardenbergh designed for the college—the other two being Geology Hall (1872) and Kirkpatrick Chapel. The Rutgers Preparatory School used this building from 1830 to 1963. The school, which was chartered with Rutgers as "Queen's College" in 1766, is now an independent school located on a 45-acre campus on Easton Avenue in Somerset, New Jersey. In 1964, the university renamed the building to honor 1870 graduate, Alexander Johnston, a historian and classics instructor at the school. Johnston had taught future Rutgers president William H. S. Demarest here.[4]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2013-11-02). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Middlesex County" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection - Historic Preservation Office. May 21, 2018. p. 7.
  3. ^ "Inventory to the Records of the Philoclean Society of Rutgers College, 1825-1927". Rutgers University Libraries. Special Collections and University Archives.
  4. ^ a b c d "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Rutgers Preparatory School (Alexander Johnston Hall)". National Park Service. Retrieved September 3, 2018. With accompanying pictures

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