Landmarks and Lore: a Snapshot of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign presents us with many of the historically significant sights and stories that have woven the tapestry that is the University.
From its founding in 1868 to today, the University has grown from a single building to 17 colleges and 286 buildings, spread out over 1,468 acres of land. In that time it has accomplished much, including the development of a NCAA Division I athletic program, the creation of the nation’s oldest agricultural experimental fields, and the invention of the first online community. The physical spaces that become beloved parts of the experiences and memories of the University community are featured here.
In addition, the University of Illinois has a long history of lore. Stories passed down and around through generations of students are just as much a part of the University experience as are the buildings and structures that hold them. Is there really a ghost in the English Building, or a tractor buried under Memorial Stadium? Does rubbing Lincoln’s nose in Lincoln Hall really bring luck? Whether or not these stories are true is moot; each help to reveal our character and history.