The Charles Deering Library is a library located on the main Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The Deering Library presently houses the Government Publications Department and the Northwestern University Archives on the first floor, the Music Library on the second floor, and the Map Collection, the Art Reference Collection and the Special Collections Department on the third floor. The Deering Library served as Northwestern's main library until the completion of the University Library in 1970.
Seeley G. Mudd Science and Engineering Library
The Northwestern University Library is the principal library for the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. The library holds 4.6 million volumes, making it the 11th largest library at a private university. The building was designed in brutalist style by Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Construction started in 1966 and the library opened in 1970. The library succeeded the Charles Deering Library as the main library on campus. The Deering Library was connected to the main library through construction, and continues to house the University's special collections. Until the building's completion in 1970, the Deering Library, now connected to the University Library, served as the primary library for the Evanston campus.
The Technological Institute, more commonly known as "Tech", is a landmark building at Northwestern University. Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science following a major gift from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. It is the main building for students and faculty in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. The construction of the building started in 1939 when Walter P. Murphy, a wealthy inventor of railroad equipment, donated $6.737 million. Murphy meant for the Institute to offer a new kind of “cooperative” educational model for the field, where academic courses and practical application in industrial settings were closely integrated. When the construction of Tech was completed in 1942, Northwestern received an additional bequest of $28 million from Walter P. Murphy's estate to provide for an engineering school "second to none."
To make room for the new building, the Phi Kappa Psifraternity house and the Dearborn Observatory were moved, and the original Patten Gymnasium was demolished. Ground was broken for the new building on April 1, 1940 and the building was dedicated on June 15–16, 1942. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Holabird & Root in the shape of two letter E's, placed back to back and joined by a central structure. When it was built it was the largest building on Northwestern's Evanston campus.
In 1961, construction began on two new wings, which were added to the eastern ends of the building, along with additions to the library and physics wing. The expansion, dedicated in October 1963, was prompted by a $3.4 million contract awarded by the Advanced Research Agency of the Department of Defense. In 1973, a new entrance terrace was dedicated, and in 1999, a ten-year, $125 million renovation of the Technological institute was completed. This renovation, undertaken by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, included extensive reconstruction of the interior of the original 1940 structure, replacing the mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems, and reconfiguring the laboratory and research space.
Additional buildings have been constructed around the original Technological Institute, connected together by pedestrian bridges to create what has been called the "Technological Campus". Among them are the Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering opened in 1977, the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science in 1986, and Cook Hall in 1989. More recent additions to the "Technological Campus" include Hogan Hall, the Pancoe Life Sciences Pavilion, the Center for Nanofabrication, and the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center.
The cornerstone of the building was laid in 1868, and the structure was completed in 1869, at a total cost of $125,000. University Hall officially opened on September 8, 1869 and coincided with the inauguration of University President Erastus Otis Haven. Speakers at the opening ceremony included Illinois Governor John M. Palmer, and the new University President Haven, who called the structure, "the new and elegant University Building". The clock in the tower of University Hall was the gift of the Class of 1879; its movement was built by clockmaker Seth Thomas. In 1966, a new electrified clock replaced the old works, which are now located in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
University Hall took over most university functions from Old College and contained classrooms housing all University classes, the library, a chemical lab, a chapel, two society rooms and a fourth-floor natural history museum. University Hall contained Northwestern's primary library until the construction of Lunt Library in the 1890s. Though it was succeeded by Fayerweather Hall as the university's main building in 1887, University Hall served a variety of functions. Over the years University Hall has been the home of the central administration, the engineering school, a cafeteria, and faculty offices. University Hall underwent a $5.2 million renovation and was rededicated in 1993. The building is currently home to Northwestern's English department.
The Alice S. Millar Chapel and Religious Center was funded by Foster and Mary G. McGaw, and was named in honor of Mr. McGaw’s mother, Alice S. Millar McGaw. The chapel was designed by Jensen and Halstead of Chicago. It is home to a 100-rank Aeolian-Skinner organ, stained-glass windows, and a 151-foot (46 m) spire.
In Spring 2002, construction was completed on an addition to SPAC, the Combe Tennis Center. The Combe Tennis Center houses six indoor tennis courts, and was designed by Pollock Holzrichter Nicholas Ltd. of Chicago, in association with the Renaissance Design Group. The center was named for the late Ivan Combe, a 1933 graduate and life trustee of the University.
The stadium originally consisted of two semi-circular grandstands on either sideline, with the west (home) sideline having a small, curved upper deck ending at twin concrete . Endzone seating was later added in the south endzone, and in 1952 McGaw Memorial Hall was built in the north endzone.
Besides boasting modern amenities such as a new workout room, it is said that the reason the stands were built five feet up was to prevent Northwestern students from rushing the field and destroying goalposts. Such occurrences were common when the field was still known as Dyche Stadium and Northwestern had upset victories over storied programs such as the University of Michigan in 1995. However, a stunning upset in 1996 over Michigan did not prevent students from clinging to the goalposts, nor did the walls prevent it again in 2005 after a double-overtime upset of then-#6 Ohio State University. The stadium had an artificial turf surface from 1973 to 1996.
Cahn Auditorium is an auditorium utilized for various performances and productions throughout the school year. With over 1,000 seats and an orchestra pit, it is the highest-capacity performance space on campus. The annual Waa-Mu Show, one of the best-known college productions in the country, is staged here. The auditorium was named for Bertram Cahn, a former civic leader, businessman, donor, trustee, and alumnus.
Lutkin Memorial Hall is a 400-seat auditorium, and is currently primarily used for student recitals. The stage is paneled in carved oak, and the building is in the simplified Gothic style. The building is named in honor of Peter Christian Lutkin, who served as dean of the School of Music from 1883 to 1931.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall is used for various musical performances at Northwestern. Albert Pick Jr. and Charles G. Staiger funded the project. The hall was named for Corinne Frada Pick, Pick’s wife, and Pauline Pick Staiger, his sister and Staiger’s late wife. The building was constructed mostly from precast concrete and glass. The auditorium has a sound-reflecting system of 30 plastic dishes to enhance the acoustics of the room.
Each year, as many as forty productions are mounted in the Theatre and Interpretation Center. Of those forty, approximately eight are main stage productions staged in the Ethel M. Barber Theater and the Josephine Louis Theater and are directed by faculty, third-year MFA directing students, and guest artists. These productions include both classic and contemporary plays, dance performances and musical productions. In addition, the Theatre and Interpretation Center produces the annual Waa-Mu Show, an original student written and performed musical and also the Summerfest which includes a two to three play series that is performed during the summer.
The center offers subscriptions for the entire season as well as for Summerfest. Currently there are over fifteen hundred subscribers who buy the season package. These patrons come from the University population as well as the neighboring communities.
Walter Annenberg Hall is home to the School of Education and Social Policy. Named in honor of publisher, broadcaster, diplomat, and philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the building was designed by Booth Hansen Associates. Clad in limestone and precast concrete panels, its exterior features were planned as a transition from the Gothic design of some adjacent buildings to the modern design of others. It houses classrooms equipped with the latest audiovisual and computer technologies.
Funds for Swift Hall's construction were primarily donated by Jonathan Swift whose family had made a fortune in the meat packing industry. The building was designed by prominent Prairie Style architect George Maher around 1908.
Levy Mayer Hall is part of the original 1920's University, collegiate gothic style, campus. It is also the original Law School, and still houses many of its finest classrooms and lecture halls. It forms part of the Law School cloister
Taken from Lake Shore Park, the Montgomery Ward Memorial Building at the Feinberg School of Medicine, America's first academic skyscraper. Wieboldt Hall is to the left.
303 E. Chicago Avenue
The Montgomery Ward Memorial Building (known as the Ward Building) at was built in the 1920s as part of the University's original downtown Chicago collegiate gothic style campus. It was constructed using a gift of $3 million (equivalent to $40.9 million as of 2008) from Elizabeth J. Ward the widow of Montgomery Ward. It is one of the buildings used by the Feinberg School of Medicine; originally it also housed the university's dental school.