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Black House Renovation Project

Update: February 22, 2021

The Black House renovation project has made significant progress in the last two weeks. All turret repairs, framing, and ductwork are complete and the HVAC/electrical/structural inspections have taken place. Drywall and electrical/lighting work are progressing steadily.

This week, GMA will focus on replacing schedule 10 piping throughout the Black House. Schedule 10 piping is thin metal pipes used for water supply and return; these pipes will be replaced with schedule 40 piping because it is more durable and long-lasting. This is a crucial step in the renovation process because once this is complete and inspected, many other pieces of the design process can begin. In the coming weeks, the construction team will focus on window repairs, installing the elevator, and working on the flooring.

You can see in the photos below that the inside of the Black House is coming together nicely.  

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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.