Harker Hall

Chemical Laboratory
Location 1305 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois
Coordinates 40°6′32″N 88°13′36″W / 40.10889°N 88.22667°W / 40.10889; -88.22667Coordinates: 40°6′32″N 88°13′36″W / 40.10889°N 88.22667°W / 40.10889; -88.22667
Area less than one acre
Built 1877 (1877)
Architect Ricker, Nathan Clifford
Architectural style Second Empire
MPS University of Illinois Buildings by Nathan Clifford Ricker TR
NRHP Reference # 86003148[1]
Added to NRHP November 19, 1986

Harker Hall, also known as the Chemical Laboratory, is a historic building on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Urbana, Illinois. Built in 1877, the building originally served as the university's chemical laboratory. Architect Nathan Clifford Ricker designed the Second Empire building, which originally featured a mansard roof. In 1896, a lightning strike set the roof on fire, and architect James White replaced it with a hip roof.[2] The building was named Harker Hall in honor of Oliver A. Harker, who served as dean of the university's law school from 1903 to 1916. Until it stopped hosting classes, the hall was the oldest classroom building at the university.[3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1986.[1]


UIUC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Illinois College of Law



  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. Cassens, Amy L.; Johnson, Bret F.; Garner, David J.; Stein, Janice A. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Chemical Laboratory" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  3. "Campus Landmarks". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved August 18, 2014.

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