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NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies


700 E. Oakwood Blvd.




Sat, Oct 14: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 15: Closed

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible


Frank Lloyd Wright and Dwight Perkins, 1905



Frank Lloyd Wright enlisted the help of Dwight Perkins for his first public building, whose striking exterior was finished by Perkins alone after Wright had a falling out with the client (who happened to be his uncle). Originally the Abraham Lincoln Center, it contained a health club, training school, rental offices and a social center. The auditorium prefigures Wright’s later Unity Temple. Since 1966, Northeastern Illinois University’s Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies has used the building as a home base for urban studies.

Visitor Experience

Visitors may tour the lobby, 2nd-floor auditorium and reception room, and 6th-floor library at their own pace.