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Black House Renovation Project

Update: June 11, 2021

We are excited to announce that construction on the Black House is 90% complete! Work will continue through the summer to wrap up the remaining construction elements and curate the space, including the installation of the artwork. Watch the tour video below for a sneak peek at the floor plan, furniture, and finishes.

The Black House will re-open in the fall of 2021, and a Grand Re-Opening Ribbon Cutting will be held during Reunion Weekend. Additional Grand Re-Opening events are currently in the works and will b announced soon.

If you have any questions about the Black House renovations project, please contact Lesley-ann Brown-Henderson, Assistant Vice President of Inclusion and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs, at


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.