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Black House Renovation Project

Update: April 2, 2021

 Since our last update, our construction partners continue to work steadily toward completing the black house. The elevator installation, including rales, platform, and motor, has wrapped up; within the next few weeks, they expect to complete the entire elevator shaft installation, including the doors. In addition to work on the elevator, work continues on finishing installation and priming of drywall, ceiling, and flooring. Light fixtures have been installed and testing continues on electric and fire suppression systems.

See the photo below for an example of what "drywall installation and priming" looks like. 

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For past updates visit our Update Archive page.


Northwestern University has committed to a renovation of The Black House located at 1914 Sheridan Road. In partnership with university stakeholders, Moody-Nolan architects, and additional community members, the project is currently in the design development phase, with construction anticipated to begin on July 1, 2019. The full project will be rooted in a shared vision of what the Black House could be while respecting its historical significance to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Evanston community.

Note of Gratitude

A note of gratitude is in order to thank those who have come before us to advocate for the Black and African American student experience on Northwestern’s campus. Only through acknowledging and embracing our history can we understand what might be possible for our future with the Black House.

It is with this in mind that we situate these efforts to renovate the Black House in the listening that has come before this process. Situate these efforts in dialogue that has ensued. Situate these efforts in the national and historical contexts that inform the needs for the Black and African American students to be successful at Northwestern, and to contribute to the strength of the alumni network.