Most institutions would fight to preserve this handsome building so redolent with the traditions of the place. To me, and I think to a lot of people, it is “iconic” both for its architecture and its meaning to generations of Princetonians. This is an “of the moment” and shortsighted decision, and one that will be regretted very much in the near future.

Even though “vacant campus sites are at a premium,” maybe one should be used for a center addressing “the most pressing problems on Earth” instead of cannibalizing another historic campus building.