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Black House Renovation Project

Update: June 25, 2021

Since our last update, work has continued toward completing the finishing touches of the Black House Renovation project. Specifically, GMA has worked diligently to work on completing fire alarm installation, kitchen lighting and accents, glazing windows, and working on pouring concrete for the outdoor rear deck. In the coming weeks, GMA will focus on finishing exterior siding, basement drywall and flooring, and exterior painting touch ups.

In early July, the Grand Re-Opening planning committee, comprised of university staff, students, and alumni, will begin meeting to plan several grand re-opening events that will last throughout the fall quarter.

As we shared in our last update, you can now view a tour video of the Black House, which will give you a feel for the floor plan and color scheme. This video is included below, but can also be watched later here


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.