Friday, March 27, 2009

Real Estate: Laughlin

Completed in 1927, Laughlin Hall was one of eight new dormitories built by under the tenure of University President John Hibben, a member of the Class of 1882. Hibben, also a Presbyterian minister, was concerned about “skepticism toward old concepts of morals and religion,” and sought to keep students from spending the weekends in New York City by increasing the amount of on-campus housing. Laughlin is no longer used as a weapon to support traditional morals; it remains home to more than 50 Princeton students.

Laughlin is in the junior slums, located between Little Hall and Foulke Hall. Room configurations include singles, doubles and triples along with one quad and one suite for five students.

David Benjamin ’10, a current resident of Laughlin, described the rooms as “kind of old, but pretty big.”

All but one of the rooms share communal bathrooms. Approximately half of the rooms in Laughlin are restricted to female students for the 2009-10 year. Laughlin also offers a computer cluster, a laundry room, a kitchen and a lounge.

“You basically have everything you need in terms of amenities, but I would recommend taking a look at the rooms,” said Hamza Masood ’10, who lives in Laughlin this year.