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The humanities at Northwestern University have a new home

Heavily-used academic building constructed in 1954 gets a makeover

After almost four years of planning and renovation, the new and improved Kresge Centennial Hall opened to students, faculty and staff this fall.

The project went far beyond a standard rehab, transforming the building, originally constructed in 1954, into a modern space with ample natural light, smart classroom technology, and the improved Multimedia Learning Center, in addition to updated mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and communication systems. 

The finished product is one of the most sustainable on campus and may become the first LEED Platinum-certified building on campus.

One of the most heavily used buildings on campus, Kresge houses most of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences' humanities classes and departments. It is familiar to legions of alumni because nearly every undergraduate student took at least one humanities class there.

Learn about the life story of a building that still has much to offer Northwestern.