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The History of Altgeld Hall

Altgeld Hall, which was added to the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1970, was constructed in 1896-1897 and was first used as the University Library. In 1927, Altgeld Hall became the home of the College of Law. The Mathematics Department became the residents of Altgeld Hall in 1956. A centennial celebration was held June 16, 1997.

Take a virtual tour of campus landmarks or watch this video showcasing Altgeld Hall (created in October 2014 by The News-Gazette).

Dates, facts, pictures and building layouts

Centennial Celebration, June 16, 1997

The Bells of Altgeld Hall

The University Chime was installed in the Altgeld Tower in 1920. The chime was the gift of the classes of 1914 through 1921 and the U.S. School of Miliary Aeronautics.

History of the Department of Mathematics

Math Model Collection, Department of Mathematics

Michelson Harmonic Fourier Analyzing and Synthesizer Machine

This century old mechanical marvel implements Fourier analysis. It is on display in Altgeld Hall on the second floor outside Room 241. To learn how this machine works, watch these videos by Bill Hammack, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
(1/4) Intro/History: Introducing a 100-year-old mechanical computer
(2/4) Synthesis: A machine that uses gears, springs and levers to add sines and cosines
(3/4) Analysis: Explaining Fourier analysis with a machine
4/4) Operation: The details of setting up the Harmonic Analyzer

Altgeld Hall 3D model

Learn about 3D printing of a model Altgeld Hall

History of the University of Illinois