Clay Street is the setting for the Hegeman Homes, a 50-unit garden-style apartment complex. The street itself differs from other cross streets in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood because it has a slight turn. Moreover, instead of mainly frame individual houses fronting the street just off the sidewalk, the Hegeman buildings are multi-unit, 1.5 story brick structures mainly set in large “c” shapes constructed around open lawn or courtyards with the open part of the “c” facing the street. Built as a housing project in the early 1950s, the homes are an example of Princeton’s efforts at providing low and moderate-priced rental dwellings in the neighborhood. Trees, no doubt planted when the project was built the street and parallel its sidewalks.
*Information regarding streetscapes is based on a streetscape inventory conducted in 1980 with information placed on the NJ Historical Commission's Streetscape Inventory Forms. Pertinent information - description, history, number of resources, etc. was revised based on the 2015 survey of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood resulting in the information below. Numbers such as "1109-7-S3" refer to the individual 1980 Streetscape forms.