Natural History Building

Natural History Building
Location 1301 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois
Coordinates 40°6′34″N 88°13′33″W / 40.10944°N 88.22583°W / 40.10944; -88.22583Coordinates: 40°6′34″N 88°13′33″W / 40.10944°N 88.22583°W / 40.10944; -88.22583
Area less than one acre
Built 1892 (1892)
Architect Ricker, Nathan Clifford
Architectural style High Victorian Gothic
MPS University of Illinois Buildings by Nathan Clifford Ricker TR
NRHP Reference # 86003147[1]
Added to NRHP November 9, 1986

The Natural History Building is a historic building on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Urbana, Illinois. Built in 1892, the building originally housed the university's departments of botany, zoology, and geology. In addition to classroom space, the building also included a natural history museum.[2] Architect Nathan Clifford Ricker designed the High Victorian Gothic building. The red brick building has a rough stone foundation and is decorated with colored brick and stone. The steep roof is supported by a timber truss system; the exposed trusses create a coffered ceiling on the interior.[3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1986.[1] In 2010, it was evacuated due to structural deficiencies; it is currently undergoing renovations, which are expected to be complete by 2016.[4]


  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. "Campus Landmarks". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  3. Cassens, Amy L.; Garner, David J.; Johnson, Bret F.; Stein, Janice A. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Natural History Building" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  4. "U of I Natural History Building Renovations Resume". Associated Press. January 27, 2013. Retrieved August 18, 2014.

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