Skip to main content

Black House Renovation Project

Update: April 30, 2021

The Black House is beginning to look a little more like home!

Since our last update, significant work has been done on the ceilings, flooring, and priming/painting of walls. In the coming weeks, renovation efforts will focus on plumbing, radiator installation, flooring installation, and ensuring the fire alarm is installed. Additionally, work on the outside will continue, including painting.

See below for a glimpse of how the Black House renovations are progressing.



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.