The Eternal Flame was a gift from the class of 1912. There is a campus myth that states, “A lover’s kiss will bring eternal bliss,” signifying that if you kiss your lover under the flame, your relationship will last forever. No matter the legend, the…

Dedicated October 8, 1998, on the 63rd annual meeting of University of Illinois Foundation, the Hallene Gateway Plaza features the original sandstone portal of the New Main University Hall (the 4th building built on the UIUC campus, in 1871, where…

Built in 1905, the English Building has quite the history. Originally serving as a women’s dormitory with a gymnasium and pool, it eventually became the home economics department and was renamed Bevier Hall in 1947. Finally becoming the English…

Funk Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Library (ACES) was built and dedicated in 2001, and “one of the study rooms on the fourth floor is a gift from the College of Agriculture Class of 1941, honoring their 10 classmates who died in…

The Main Library was founded in 1867 and actually pre-dates the University, as the founders wanted students and staff to have access to books and materials “from the day they arrived on campus.” The Library officially opened in 1868, and eventually…

. Although it originally opened in 1988, Campus Recreation Center East (CRCE) as we know it today officially opened in March 2005. Along with the usual basketball courts and gyms, CRCE also has an indoor waterslide and a waterfall!

Lincoln Hall opened in 1911 and has “held theater productions, history museums, libraries, and offices for faculty and staff.” The bust of Lincoln was added in 1928 and has been there ever since, with the exception of one day in 1979 “when thieves…

Alma was unveiled in June 1929 and was originally placed directly behind Foellinger Auditorium. On August 22, 1962, the Alumni Association moved the sculpture to its present location in front of Altgeld Hall.