Noyes Laboratory

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). This…

The Armory

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…

Krannert Art Museum

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…

Illini Union

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…

Harker Hall

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…

Mount Hope Cemetery

Mount Hope Cemetery, located on the southern edge of the University of Illinois campus on the Champaign/Urbana line, is the oldest operating cemetery in Champaign-Urbana. Mt. Hope began interment in 1856, twenty-three years after the official…

History of Illinois Homecoming: Origin - 1919

There would never be another Homecoming game like it. On the 80-degree afternoon of Oct. 18, 1924, some 67,000 raucous fans, jammed into a newly dedicated Memorial Stadium, waited in suspense for the start of the contest against a powerhouse Michigan…

Illini Nellie

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…

Origin of the "Fighting Illini" name

Reproduced with permission from the University of Illinois Archives Blog (http://archives.library.illinois.edu/blog/) The earliest recorded usage of the term “Illini” appears to have been in January 1874, when the weekly student newspaper changed its…

Illinois Field

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…