Ida Noyes Hall

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Ida Noyes Hall
Ida Noyes Hall Courtyard.JPG
General information
Type College, Cinema, Theater
Location 1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637
United States
Coordinates 41°47′17″N 87°35′44″W / 41.787949°N 87.595598°W / 41.787949; -87.595598Coordinates: 41°47′17″N 87°35′44″W / 41.787949°N 87.595598°W / 41.787949; -87.595598
Completed 1916
Design and construction
Architect Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge[1]

Ida Noyes Hall is a three-story, Neo-Gothic building located on the University of Chicago campus in Chicago, Illinois. Designed by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge and completed in 1916, the building features fireplaces, a limestone exterior, intricately plastered ceilings, and elaborate wood paneling.


Ida Noyes Hall originally served as a women's clubhouse and gymnasium, and was built as a complement to the Reynolds Club and Hutchinson Commons, which provided social and recreational spaces for the men on campus. The construction of the building was made possible by a gift from La Verne Noyes in the memory of his late wife, Ida.[2][3] Ida Noyes, née Smith, was born in Croton, N.Y., in 1853, though her family relocated to Iowa in 1857. She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in teaching in 1874 and married La Verne Noyes in 1877.[4] Upon its opening, Ida Noyes Hall hosted public lectures, club meetings, and social events.[3]

In January 2005 a portrait of Ida Noyes, painted by Oliver Dennett Grover and donated to the building by La Verne Noyes, was stolen from the building.[5]


The Masque of Youth, restored in 1995

In 1987, the gymnasium was converted into Max Palevsky Cinema. Since that time, Doc Films has screened movies every night of the academic year.[6] In 1995, the murals on the third floor, originally created in 1918 to commemorate the quarter centennial of the University of Chicago and the opening of Ida Noyes Hall, were restored.[7][8] In 2007, the building underwent repairs to address a crumbling facade and leaking roof, and in 2008, the University's Booth School of Business renovated the natatorium to create additional study space for student study groups.[9][10][11]

Currently, Ida Noyes Hall hosts student events, academic department events, corporate recruiting sessions, and private parties.[12]

Notable events[edit]

  • Opening celebration and quarter centennial of the University of Chicago (1916)
  • Wedding reception of John D. Rockefeller IV and Sharon Percy Rockefeller (1967)
  • Used as a filming location for The Express (2007)[13]
  • The Chicago Hearing (2010)
  • Traditionally, the final day of the University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt takes place in Ida Noyes Hall (annually)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ida Noyes Hall: Photographic Archive: The University of Chicago". 
  2. ^ "Ida Noyes Hall". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Ida Noyes Hall - A Center for Women on Campus". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Guide to the Ida Noyes Papers". Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  5. ^ "Portrait of Ida Noyes vanishes without a trace". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  6. ^ "Ida Noyes Hall". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  7. ^ "The Masque of Youth". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ "Conservators restore youth to Ida Noyes Hall mural". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  9. ^ "FacadeRenovation". Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Renovation". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  11. ^ "Renovation". Chicago Maroon. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  12. ^ "Ida Noyes Hall". Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  13. ^ "Movie magic at the U of C". Retrieved 2012-12-09. 

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