Busey-Evans Residence Halls

Women's Residence Hall--West Residence Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location 1111-1115 W. Nevada St., Urbana, Illinois
Coordinates 40°6′27″N 88°13′28″W / 40.10750°N 88.22444°W / 40.10750; -88.22444Coordinates: 40°6′27″N 88°13′28″W / 40.10750°N 88.22444°W / 40.10750; -88.22444
Area less than one acre
Built 1916 (1916)
Architect White, James; Platt, Charles
Architectural style Georgian Revival
MPS University of Illinois Buildings designed by Charles A. Platt MPS
NRHP Reference # 02001752[1]
Added to NRHP February 5, 2003

The Busey-Evans Residence Halls, historically known as the Women's Residence Hall and the West Residence Hall respectively, are historic dormitories at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Busey Hall was built in 1916, while Evans Hall was built in 1926; a connector wing links the two buildings, and they are considered part of the same dormitory complex. James A. White designed Busey Hall, while Charles A. Platt designed Evans Hall; both architects played an important role in designing other buildings on the university's campus, and both chose the Georgian Revival style for their designs to match the campus's architectural theme. The Women's Residence Hall was the first residence hall on the university's campus; the all-female dormitory filled a need for women's housing at the university, which had been privately maintained and in short supply. The hall quickly filled up, and the West Residence Hall was built to provide additional space for female students. In 1937, the buildings were renamed for university trustees Mary E. Busey and Laura B. Evans.[2] The residence halls are still in use as all-female student housing.[3]

The residence halls were added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 5, 2003.[1]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Griesbaum, Leslie M.; Grobe, Jennifer M. (September 2002). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Women's Residence Hall / West Residence Hall - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" (PDF). Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. "University Housing: Busey-Evans". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved April 9, 2015.

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