John W. Cook Hall

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John W. Cook Hall
John W. Cook Hall
John W. Cook Hall is located in Illinois
John W. Cook Hall
John W. Cook Hall is located in the United States
John W. Cook Hall
LocationIllinois State University, US 51, Normal, Illinois
Coordinates40°30′33″N 88°59′32.5″W / 40.50917°N 88.992361°W / 40.50917; -88.992361Coordinates: 40°30′33″N 88°59′32.5″W / 40.50917°N 88.992361°W / 40.50917; -88.992361
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
ArchitectGeorge H. Miller
NRHP reference #86000268[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 20, 1986

John W. Cook Hall, or Cook Hall, is a building which resembles a castle on the Quad of Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. Cook Hall, named for the university's fourth president, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the winter of 1986.

Cook Hall is one of "Altgeld's castles": it was designed toward the end of the administration of Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld. Altgeld was a German native who favored Gothic Revival architecture.[2]

The building's original purpose (as well as its name) was "Gymnasium", it was eventually converted for other uses as larger gyms were constructed on campus. It currently houses the School of Music.[2]

See also[edit]

Altgeld's castles


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  2. ^ a b "Cook Hall". Illinois State University. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-09-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)