History of Lincoln Hall

Few buildings have served the University of Illinois as long and with as many purposes as the ever-evolving Lincoln Hall.

Opened in 1911, and expanded in 1929, the four-story building on the southwest corner of the Quad has held theater productions, history museums, libraries, and offices for faculty and staff. Virtually every student who attends the University takes at least one class in the building.

Since its opening act in 1930, Lincoln Hall Theater has been the site of everything from student-theater to nail-biting final exams. Prior to the Krannert Center opening in 1968, Lincoln Hall Theater was the primary theater space on campus. The newly renovated theater, which reopened in August 2012, after a multi-year building renovation, is currently used for classes during the day Monday through Friday and for events in the evenings and on weekends.