A look through the development of Rutgers

Rutgers University, one of the nation’s first universities, had these roaming around on campus during its foundation. Image

Ok, Rutgers is not that old. What you are seeing is a Grallator, a dinosaur found about 200 million years ago, and who I so happened to stumble upon working at this place. Image

The upper floor of this building, which happens to be 141 years old, houses the Rutgers Geology museum, founded in 1871. It is one of the last remaining historical buildings Rutgers has, as it is starting to renovate all of its campuses. And this one may be at jeopardy to, due to some administators wanting to convert the priceless museum and its artifacts into an auditorium. Another beauty and perhaps the crown jewel of the “old” Rutgers is this building. Image

This is Old Queens, the oldest building at Rutgers, being built around 1809. It used to be called Queens College before Rutgers was formally united. This historic building holds the president’s office, the undergraduate education office, and many other important offices. It is often overlooked by the students, as it looks quite plain in comparison to this castle-like structure. Image

It looks even older than Old Queens, but was actually built in 1880. It used to be a part of Douglass College before the unification of Rutgers, and now hold various academic advising offices. I have been to this building quite a few times, and the interior is just as stunning as the exterior. Image

The interior is reminiscent of an old Victorian mansion, and in fact it was a mansion before its acquisition. There are various portraits of deans of the women’s college on the walls, and it literally feels like you’re going back in time once you step into this place. Another magnificent  building right next to College hall is the Vorhees Chapel. 



Built during the 1920’s, this chapel had once been the center of Douglas College and it is actually designed on Georgian Period architecture during the 1880’s. It’s original owner, Elizabeth Vorhees, left the 1.6 million dollar estate to Douglass College, and this tall beauty is definitely not one to be missed when visiting Rutgers.  

Many parts of Rutgers are seeing (and hearing, considerably during the early morning hours), a lot of this. 


Construction, and a whole lot of it, is going on in Rutgers. It is expected that a new apartment complex is to be built by 2016, replacing the old grease trucks, along with a few other renovations that will cost a pretty penny.

However, not all of it is a bad thing. Take a look at this super-modern piece of architecture. 


This is the new $85 million dollar Rutgers Business School. It is built on a futuristic design, and it is a unique building in terms of its architecture. The interior also looks quite modernImage

Clean open spaces with lots of whites contrasting with vibrant colors, it truly embodies a felling of modernity. But topping this behemoth is perhaps the crown-jewel of the “new” Rutgers. 




This is High-Point Solutions stadium. A $44 million dollar investment into the image of Rutgers as a top dog in collegiate football. Having seen this stadium myself, I admit it is magnificent and immense, but how much will it ultimately pay back to the university, and how much of that money will come back to academic departments and average students who aren’t athletes. 

Rutgers, in an nutshell, is in metamorphosis. It’s unification as a large university has left it feeling isolated, but it is trying its best to modernize itself and appeal to more people. However, it should never forget its roots and should appreciate its own history and beauty, after all, without it their wouldn’t be Rutgers University. 




  1. It is really great that you highlighted the Geology museum here at Rutgers. The museum is an interesting opportunity for student to check out. I am guilty of knowing about the museum, but I have not checked it out. I wonder if the Zimmerli is in a similar position? I have only been to the Zimmerli for class requirements. Have you been there?

    1. Hi Bobby, I’ve never been to the Zimmerli Art Museum but I will definately go one day in my spare time, and I would definitely get students to check out the geology museum, there is so much cool stuff there to learn about new jersey, new brunswick, and rutgers. The giant Japanese spider crab is a must see!

  2. Wow, I’ve always been interested in the history behind Rutgers University. Since it’s such an old college, most of the buildings on this campus have an interesting story behind it. Also, I never knew that was the reason why they took down the grease trucks – I knew they were building something new but I didn’t know what it was. I will be graduation in 2016 (hopefully lol), but that should be something to look forward to.

  3. There is so much history to Rutgers and it’s great that you’ve pointed out some of the facts behind the old buildings on campus.There is so much to learn about the history of Rutgers yet still so many opportunities to create new structures. It’s definitely a goal of mine to learn more of the history that happened here.

  4. I really like how your pictures reveal what Rutgers is really like. There is a great balance in this story not only between the old Rutgers and the new Rutgers, but also between the ugly and the pretty. One of the things that has been constantly happening at Rutgers since my dad attended the school almost thirty years ago is construction. A lot of the school wasn’t built yet when he went here, and when my brother was here, Livingston was a mud pit. Rutgers has come a long way and your pictures prove that!

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