University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lincoln Hall

Champaign, Illinois

  • FIRM



    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • AREA

    166,000 sq.ft.





This 100-year-old, four-story building represented an identity and legacy the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) wanted to keep intact. Rather than construct a major, character-redefining expansion, the university accommodated the needs within the existing historic structure, even though the square footage had become inadequate for the desired program ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBailey EdwardCOST PER SQ FT$358.00CITATIONRenovation/Modernization CitationFEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation occupancy. UIUC also wanted the renovations to express and enhance the social and collaborative nature of the departments and contemporary pedagogy.

This building is one of the oldest on campus and has been classified as eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The renovation needed to improve energy efficiency, streamline circulation, increase usable space, and enhance the learning environment, all while preserving the building’s early-20th-century architectural character. 

The final scheme successfully accommodates the desired program and occupancy within the building’s existing footprint while retaining historical continuity. Significant square footage was gained through the infill of two stories of fly space above the theater’s four-story stage with two new structural floors, and by creating two new three-story glass gallery additions in the building’s two courtyards. 

Much of the original woodwork was restored, including wood doors and many thousands of feet of oak trim. 

Original components needing replacement were reused elsewhere. For example, salvaged, refinished wood is reused in rich textural accent walls in departmental reception spaces.

“Beautiful restoration that captures the character of the building while introducing modern functions.”--2013 jury