University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts Unveiled

The University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts. Photo: Tom Rossiter, courtesy of the University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is a museum unto itself with structures designed by world-renown designers Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Eero Saarinen, among others.

Joining them is the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

The 11-story, 184,000-square-foot multidisciplinary venue, supports U. of C.’s art, music, theater, dance, creative-writing and film programming.

The $114 million center’s gray interior is enhanced with blue and red. The façades are clad with limestone.

It’s comprised of a 474-seat concert hall and a penthouse performance space, a 120-seat screening room that can show both 35mm and 3-D films, a café, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, a film vault, a digital-media lab and workshops are among the private spaces.

Famous black U. of C. graduates include Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force; anthropologist, activist, choreographer and journalist Katherine Dunham; and political leader Patricia Roberts Harris, the first African American woman to hold a cabinet position, serve as an ambassador, and head a law school.

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