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Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Champaign, IL 61801-3620)
Marci Smith Uihlein (Project Director: January 2019 to September 2023)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$10,000 (approved)
$9,760 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 5/31/2022

Saving University of Illinois School of Architecture Design Project Archives

The purchase of preservation storage supplies for a collection of 1,600 architectural drawings representing 775 student projects dating from the 1890s to the 1980s.  The University of Illinois’ School of Architecture program, founded in 1868, is the second oldest architecture program in the United States.   Projects in the collection include Beaux Arts Contest winners from the 1920s; a design for an evacuation camp in the 1940s; and a proposal for an experimental theater in 1963.  Also represented is work by accomplished architects such as Mary L. Page, the first female to graduate from an architecture school; Walter T. Bailey, the first licensed African-American architect in Illinois; Cesar Pelli, designer of the Petronas Towers; and Jeanne Gang, designer of the Aqua Tower in Chicago.

This grant award would fund the purchasing of preservation and storage supplies to preserve and arrange and describe an endangered collection of historic architectural drawings currently housed in a store room within the School of Architecture to prepare it to move to the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This collection, consisting of approximately 1,600 student design projects consisting of architectural plans, drawings, and models dates from the earliest years of architectural education (1890’s) to the 1980s.