BUILDING HISTORY The building was designed by former University of Illinois architecture professor Jack Baker in 1964 for his wife Margaret Erlanger. His primary intentions were create an accommodating space for Margaret to dance in while also…

BUILDING HISTORY Originally, this house was the home of Don Carlos Taft who also built the residence. While his son, Lorado Taft, was growing up, Don Carlos Taft and his family resided in this house. Lorado Taft was a distinguished alumni of the…

BUILDING HISTORY The department of chemistry was the first to get its own building in 1877, and was completed shortly thereafter in 1878 with a budget of $20,000. The building was, “one of the best and largest on the continent” (Tilton, 16). …

BUILDING HISTORY The English Building was built originally in 1905 by a firm called McKim, Mead and White with the project estimating around $80,000. Its original purpose was for a woman’s dormitory that housed a pool, chemical laboratory,…

BUILDING HISTORY The Agriculture Building, also known as The Old Agriculture building, was dedicated on May 21,1901. The original design by Joseph C. Llewellyn, an 1877 graduate of University of Illinois, was 94,900 square feet and cost $122,972 to…

BUILDING HISTORY The Chemistry Annex was built because the University needed more space for the Chemistry students, and only having Noyes Laboratory was no longer sufficient. The building is connected to Davenport Hall and has a underground tunnel…

BUILDING HISTORY The modern Spurlock Museum as we know it today looked significantly different and had many different forms since the foundation of the museum was erected back in 1911. From 1911 until 2002, the museum operated from Lincoln Hall's…

BUILDING HISTORY The University of Illinois was founded with a land grant from the federal government in 1862 with the condition that instruction in military science and tactics would be given. The first building ever built on campus was the Drill…

BUILDING HISTORY The Krannert Art Museum in Champaign, Illinois was opened in 1961 for the use of the university and city. Herman Krannert, a graduate of the university in 1912, along with his wife and other donors, offered the museum as a gift to…

BUILDING HISTORY The history of Japan House can be traced back into 1964, when Shozo Sato who was an artist-in-residence at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts began to teach serious of courses related to the arts and culture of Japan. He tried…

BUILDING HISTORY The Illini Union was originally started from the rent of the first floor of the YMCA. The expansion plan was started when the University bought the building in 1938. It was built in 1939 and dedicated by First Lady Eleanor…

BUILDING HISTORY Harker Hall was built in 1878, making it the oldest building with classrooms on campus. The building was designed by Nathan Ricker while he was a professor at the University of Illinois. The Hall was originally called the Chemical…

BUILDING HISTORY: Grainger Library was built on October 14, 1994 and was dedicated to all of the disciplines of the school of engineering at the University of Illinois. Before Grainger Library was built another building stood in its place. Over one…

BUILDING HISTORY In June of 1893, the University Board of Trustees asked the General Assembly of Illinois to appropriate $160,000 in funds in order to erect a building for the College of Engineering. An act was passed on the 6th of June to…

In the Fall of 2013, visitors to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign may have noticed a new face outside the east entrance of the Alice Campbell Alumni Center: A life sized bronze sculpture of sixteenth president and longtime Illinois…

Reproduced with permission from the University of Illinois Archives Blog (archives.library.illinois.edu/blog) The University of Illinois has produced its fair share of famous and successful individuals since its founding in 1867. None gained such…

When the University of Illinois opened it's doors in March of 1868, athletics had no part of student life or culture. Baseball teams were soon organized, and in the 1870s rugby gained popularity, but it wasn't until 1876 that the first football game…

Since its dedication, Alma Mater has been a symbol of the University of Illinois. Affectionately referred to as ‘Alma’, she stands in front of her throne with open arms welcoming visitors, students, and alumni to the heart of campus. Although…

Though it may be hard to believe, squirrels weren't always as prevalent on campus as they are today. In fact, in 1901, squirrels were in such scarcity that the university payed $250, which is about $6500 today, to buy squirrels to domesticate and…

Umbilic Torus NC weighs 100 lbs. and spans 27" x 27" x 9" (enveloping torus). It was completed in 1987. Not much is known about this piece. If you have any information, please contact the ExploreCU team!

Unfortunately, not much is known about this piece. If you have any information, please contact the ExploreCU team!

The Hallene Gateway was originally the entrance to University Hall, which was also known as New Main Hall or the New University Building. Built in 1872, University Hall was the the fourth building on campus, after the Mechanical Building and Drill…

Artist: Barry Tinsley Type: Four-piece grouping of cut stone Location: South-east of the Medical Sciences Building This piece was acquired through the 1/2% for the Arts' Art-in-Architecture initiative.

This piece was dedicated in September 2002 and was a gift from Robert (class of 1950) and Ruth (class of 1949) Vogele.

Bathsheba Grossman is an artist based out of Santa Cruz, California who describes herself as "a sculptor exploring the space between art, math, and life." Major themes in her work center around "living in three dimensions, finding symmetry and…