Historic Blueprints Online

The “Illinois Built Environment” Collection provides for the first time a view of select original documents used to shape the Urbana campus. Items include hand sketches of campus plans, original trace and linen drawings of many of the Central Quadrangle buildings, four separate proposed sketches for the original Library, now known as Altgeld Hall, and watercolor renderings for the display of the Alma Mater and many buildings. Many are reflective of design trends of the times and inform the educated eye about building materials and the use of various construction techniques. The collection will grow over time as additional items are released for public use.

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