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IIT Challenge Campaign CDs, 1997

Identifier: 032.02.16

CD-Rs containing media and executable files for IIT Challenge Campaign, a software program consisting of a 4-minute sound and video presentation of five Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed buildings on the campus of Illinois Institute of Technology. The buildings presented are those to be renovated as part of the multi-year "Mies Campus Project," the ultimate objective of which was to write a group National Register Nomination to include S. R. Crown Hall, Siegel Hall, Wishnick Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall, and Perlstein Hall. The program was created by Mark Schendel's ARCH 425 class (Spring 1997) using 3-dimentional CAD projections of the campus layout and featured buildings. It was produced by Mark Schmieding and was shown at IIT's spring 1997 IPRO project day.


  • Creation: 1997


Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Research

Collection Size

2 CDs : 2 identical CD-Rs

Biographical / Historical

The IIT Challenge Grant/Campaign was issued by two Illinois Institute of Technology Board of Trustee members, Robert Galvin and Robert Pritzker, in 1996 in response to the university's need to renew its campus facilities and academic programs. Galvin and Pritzker each pledged $60 million dollars to be matched in a fund raising effort (ultimate goal, $250 million). The challenge followed a 1993-1994 National Commission self study which re-committed Illinois Institute of Technology to its South Side Chicago location at 33rd and State Streets, and the 1996 master plan presented by board member Dirk Lohan to build a new campus center, renovate five Mies van der Rohe buildings, and landscape substantial portions of the campus. By December, 2000, a year ahead of schedule, the goal had been exceeded. At the time the challenge grant was announced, it was the largest private donation of its kind to an Illinois university. A Gala Celebration was held August 10, 2001 to mark the successful end of the campaign. On March 9, 2000, ground was broken for the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, a new facility designed by Rem Koolhaas, and funded in part with proceeds of the campaign.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Playable on Mac (Mac OS 7 or later) or Windows (Windows 95 or later) machines.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Formerly 2003.017

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogates of the CDs in this collection have been created for for access and preservation purposes, and are stored on Google Drive.


Catherine Bruck, University Archivist

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