The Julis Romo Rabinowitz Building and the Louis A. Simpson International Building (formally 20 Washington Road) renovation project will repurpose the former Frick Chemistry Laboratory and bring together academic and administrative areas that are now dispersed across the University campus.
The 200,000 square feet of space will be divided into two complementary areas, one a home to economics and one to international initiatives. Each area will have a distinct architectural identity and its own entrance. The new single location for the Department of Economics consolidates the department and helps realize the University's goal of having all of Princeton's economists together in one place. Several international programs and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies will find new homes all under one roof. The new location will bring international groups together as well as provide a single, convenient location for students exploring international programs.
The structure’s interior will be renovated extensively, while the historic character of the exterior of the building and primary interior spaces, such as the entry and the second-floor library, will be preserved. The building will feature new classrooms, offices and meeting spaces, and two communal atria. The atrium on the south side of the building will enclose the existing stone facade courtyard and connect to Scudder Plaza and the other social science buildings in the neighborhood - Robertson, Corwin, Wallace, Fisher and Bendheim halls.