The Joseph Henry House is a historic building located on the campus of Princeton University in Princeton. It was offered to Joseph Henry as part of an agreement to come to Princeton in 1832. The current house replaced the existing one in 1838 and was designed by Henry who was a physicist, professor and inventor of the electromechanical relay. In 1848, Henry went on to take a position as the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. After Henry’s departure, the house was used as the official housing for the Dean of the College, the University’s senior undergraduate academic officer from 1901 to 1961.
The house has been moved 3 times since 1838, residing at times behind East College, the corner of Washington Road and Nassau Street (while the Princeton University Chapel was constructed) and finally at it’s current site at the northern edge of the campus since 1946. It was registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1965 and currently houses Princeton’s Adlinger Center for the Humanities.
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