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Elmhurst Old Main in 2011
Hauptgebaude is located in Illinois
Location 190 Prospect St.
Elmhurst, DuPage County, Illinois, U.S.
Coordinates 41°53′45″N 87°56′43″W / 41.89583°N 87.94528°W / 41.89583; -87.94528Coordinates: 41°53′45″N 87°56′43″W / 41.89583°N 87.94528°W / 41.89583; -87.94528
Built 1878
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Elmhurst College
NRHP Reference # 76002162
Added to NRHP August 13, 1976

Hauptgebaude, also known as the Old Main, was the predecessor to Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois. The three-story building was constructed in 1878. It was constructed as a gymnasium style of school, reflecting the German heritage of the local residents. The new building allowed the school to increase its enrollment to 103 students in its first year. Classes in the Hauptgebaude were solely taught in German until 1917. In 1919, the school became accredited as a junior college. Starting in 1928, the school added additional buildings to the campus. The school began admitting female students in 1930, and received accreditation as a four-year college in 1934. Old Main functioned as the school's administration building until the 1950s. It continues to house several education departments.