#ThrowbackThursday: A Lakeside Perch, 1961


PAW Archives, June 2, 1961. Click to enlarge.

The new Lakeside complex for Princeton graduate students will begin housing students sometime this fall, according to the July 9 issue of PAW. The units are on the site of the former Hibben and Magie apartments, from which Betty Menzies captured this PAW cover image, looking east toward the Washington Street bridge, in 1961.

Set in “a beautiful sylvan location,” PAW wrote, the buildings stood eight stories tall — the tallest buildings in Princeton at the time, with Fine Hall’s completion still nine years away. But to those looking south from the campus, the apartments on the shore of Lake Carnegie were invisible.

The new Lakeside buildings, which will include townhomes and apartments, stand two or three stories tall.

An update from reader Arlen Kassof Hastings ’80:

Courtesy Arlen Kassof Hastings ’80

Courtesy Arlen Kassof Hastings ’80

“My family moved into Hibben (then Lakeside) Apartments shortly after they were completed in 1961, and the view on the PAW cover was the view from our 7th floor balcony. The attached is a picture of my sister and me on the balcony around 1963.”

One thought on “#ThrowbackThursday: A Lakeside Perch, 1961

  1. Allen Kassof

    Daughter Arlen Kassof Hastings notes that our family moved in “shortly” after Hibben opened. We were in fact the very first residents and had the whole place to ourselves for a few days. The building was called Lakeside Apartments then–it wasn’t named Hibben until its twin, Magie, was built. Both buildings were reserved exclusively for untenured junior faculty, most of whom spent an anxious few years worrying whether they would make it (most didn’t, of course), but there were great and enduring friendships formed among families in that intense and youthful setting. I’m grateful that I went on to a tenured position and also served in the administration before leaving Princeton behind for other pursuits, and later seeing both a daughter and granddaughter become Princetonians. But it saddens me that this landmark building that was my first Princeton home and that I still think of as new and innovative, is gone within my lifetime.


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