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NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Address

700 E. Oakwood Blvd.

Neighborhood

Bronzeville

Hours

Sat, Oct 19: 10am - 4pm

Sun, Oct 20: Closed

Photography Permitted Washrooms Available Wheelchair Accessible

Architects

Frank Lloyd Wright and Dwight Perkins, 1905

Website

neiu.edu

Description

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

Explore the lobby, the recently-renovated Bailey Auditorium, and the 6th floor library of this legendary building.