Beecher Hall

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Beecher Hall, Illinois College
Illinois College, Beecher Hall.jpg
Beecher Hall from the northeast
Beecher Hall is located in Illinois
Beecher Hall
Location Illinois College campus, Jacksonville, Illinois
Coordinates 39°43′53″N 90°14′49″W / 39.73139°N 90.24694°W / 39.73139; -90.24694Coordinates: 39°43′53″N 90°14′49″W / 39.73139°N 90.24694°W / 39.73139; -90.24694
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1829
Architectural style Early Republic, Other, Late Georgian
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 74000769[1]
Added to NRHP April 8, 1974

Beecher Hall is the first college building erected in the state of Illinois. It housed Illinois' first medical school in 1843.[2] It is named after the first president of Illinois College, Edward Beecher. Beecher Hall is recognized by the National Park Service as being a stop on the Underground Railroad.[3] The U.S. Postal Service released a 19-cent postal card featuring Beecher in 1993.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "BUILD YOUR OWN ILLINOIS HISTORIC BUILDING MODELS". Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  3. ^ "National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Listings". National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  4. ^ "Post cards feature colleges". The Madison Courier. Retrieved 2011-07-07.