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post updated September 15, 2021

Key Illinois Building

Farnsworth House, Plano
Date built: 1950
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe interior
photo by Victor Grigas – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
Farnsworth House
A challenege for this world-famous house is how to protect the building from floods. The Fox River is close by and the lawns above which this Modern home ‘floats’ are increasingly prone to flooding.

Illinois Building News

Sep 15, 2021
I Hotel Conference Center, Urbana
Design: Cordogan Clark
I Hotel Conference Center Ill
photo : James Steinkamp
The I Hotel Conference Center expansion provides the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus and community with a dynamic new event space that nearly doubles its size, allowing it to host larger events. The first exposure many people have with UIUC’s Research Park is the I Hotel and Conference Center.

Jul, 2018
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center, S Prairie St, Galesburg
Design: Lake|Flato Architects
Illinois Architecture - Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
photo courtesy of The Chicago Athenaeum
Knox College Whitcomb Art Center Building
The Whitcomb Art Center creates a vibrant new home for Knox College’s arts programs and provides a fresh new take on Galesburg’s Midwest Americana charm. Crafted of pre-engineered metal, the exterior blends into the nearby urban fabric.

WIU Theater, Macomb
Design: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects
Western Illinois University Theater - WIU Performing Arts Center Building
picture from architect office
WIU Theater
The new Western Illinois University Performing Arts Center is located on the Macomb, Illinois campus. The building comprises two brick-clad wings connected by a two-story, glass-walled gallery. The building will contain a 250-seat theater with thrust stage, a 150-seat studio theater and a 1,400-seat proscenium theater.

Major Illinois Projects

We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of Illinois Buildings, USA. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across the state. The focus is on contemporary Illinois buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

Illinois Architecture, alphabetical:

860-880 Lake Shore Apartments, Chicago
Dates built: 1948-51
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Chicago Federal Center, Chicago
Date built: 1974
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Part Redevelopment
Dates built: 2000-04
Design: Murphy/Jahn Architects

Crown Hall + IIT Masterplan, Chicago
Date built: 1940-
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect
Illinois Building

Farnsworth House, Plano
Date built: 1950
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Fordham Spire, Chicago
Dates built: 2006-10
Design: Santiago Calatrava Architects

The Ford House, Aurora, Illinois
Date built: 1947
Design: Bruce Goff Architect

Frank Lloyd Wright Residence, 951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
Date built: 1889
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frederick C. Robie House, Chicago
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright

HALO Headquarters, Niles
Dates built: 1998-2000
Design: Murphy/Jahn Architects

Mar 20, 2009
HSBC North American Headquarters, Mettawa, Illinois, USA
Design: Wright Heerema Architects
HSBC North American Headquarters Building
HSBC North American Headquarters

IBM Building, Chicago
Design: Mies van der Rohe Architect

Illinois Holocaust Museum
Design: Tigerman McCurry Architects
Illinois Holocaust Museum Building
picture from architect
Illinois Holocaust Museum

Inland Steel Building, Chicago
Design: Skidmore Owings Merrill Architects (SOM)

Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue, Evanston
Design: ross barney architects
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation Synagogue Evanston - Illinois Architecture
photo : Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing
Jewish Synagogue

John Deere Headquarters, Moline
Design: Eero Saarinen

McCormick Tribune Campus Center – IIT
Design: Rem Koolhaas Architect / OMA

Millennium Park Music Pavilion and Great Lawn

Gehry Partners

Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage, Momence
Gensler architects
Illinois Architecture - Museum of Bond Vehicles and Espionage cars
image from architecture practice
Bond Museum Illinois

Robie House, 5757 Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago

Frank Lloyd Wright

Sears Tower, Wacker Drive, Chicago
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Chicago building

The Sporting Club at Illinois Center
Kisho Kurokawa

Unity Church, 875 Lake Street, Oak Park
Frank Lloyd Wright

University of Chicago Hospitals – New Pavilion
Design: Rafael Vinoly Architects
University of Chicago Hospitals building
image from Rafael Viñoly Architects

Ward W. Willets House, Highland Park
Frank Lloyd Wright

William H. Winslow House, River Forest
Frank Lloyd Wright Architect

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