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Natural History Building

Natural History Building

Champaign (IL), United States

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Description 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. 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.The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 9, 1986. In 2010, it was evacuated due to structural deficiencies; it is currently undergoing renovations, which are expected to be complete by mid-2017. Once complete, the building will house the School of Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE) including the Departments of Atmospheric Sciences, Geology and Geography and Geographic Information systems, as well as teaching space for the School of Integrated Biology (SIB).

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