Alexandroff Campus Center

600 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia College's Main Building was built in 1906-1907 by Christian A. Eckstorm, an architect popular for his industrial and warehouse designs, to serve as the headquarters of the International Harvester Company. 600 S. Michigan was a modern skyscraper of its era, built with a steel skeleton, high-speed elevators, electric light, the most advanced mechanical systems available and a floor plan designed to maximize natural light for all of its interior office spaces. The 15-story brick-clad building with classical stone detailing has an Art Deco lobby that retains much of its original marble. In 1937 the building was purchased by the Fairbanks-Morse Company, makers of railroad engines, farm equipment and hydraulic systems. It was acquired by Columbia College in 1974. In its early years as the home of Columbia, it was adaptively reused to house classrooms, the library, darkrooms, studios, and an auditorium. When the campus expanded through the acquisition of other buildings, especially after 1990, some of these functions, such as the greatly expanded library, were moved to other locations, and the spaces were again adapted for new uses. The building continues to serve as the administrative center of the college, and houses the Museum of Contemporary Photography on its first two floors, along with the 180-seat Ferguson Memorial Theater, photography darkrooms, two professional television studios, film/video editing facilities, and classrooms.

Place Type

Academic, Administrative

Upcoming Events

Science and Mathematics Spring 2016 Colloquium Series

Science and Mathematics Spring 2016 Colloquium... 2/16 5:00pm

"The Modern Science Professor’s Teaching Toolkit" Lecture presented by Dr. Timothy F. Slater, Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of Science...

Honors Paleontology - Summer 2016 Info Session

Honors Paleontology - Summer 2016 Info Session 2/23 5:30pm

Ready to get your hands dirty? Join us for an info session on this summer’s 2016 Honors Paleontology class. Dr. Robin Whatley, associate professor of...

Drug Pricing: Covering the Controversy

Drug Pricing: Covering the Controversy 2/23 6:30pm

Join the Chicago chapter of the Association of Health Care Journalists for a panel discussion on “Drug Pricing: Covering the Controversy." Panelists: Roy...

The 30

The 30 2/23 7:00pm

Frequency TV's new Columbia-centric talk and entertainment show hosted by Joshua Short and streamed LIVE at!

Mirrored Personas Launch Screening

Mirrored Personas Launch Screening 3/15 6:00pm

The premiere of the Television department's newest web-series, Mirrored Personas. Meet the executive producer and many others involved in this new series!

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Liz Chilsen

Liz Chilsen left a positive review 4/29/2014

Talent galore and lots of information! Beautifully designed app.

Alexandroff Campus Center

Alexandroff Campus Center posted a photo 5/29/2014

Eva Anninou

Eva Anninou left a positive review 1/23/2014

It was an amazing party! !

Helena E Opare

Helena E Opare left a positive review 1/23/2014


Marla Donato

Marla Donato left a positive review 9/16/2012


Meredith Davis

Meredith Davis left a positive review 1/30/2013

It was fun. I love Friends so it was really cool to be able to relax and watch it with other TV students while enjoying some delicious food.

Walter D Street IV

Walter D Street IV left a positive review 11/7/2012

Excellent panel discussion, more events like this would be great.

Michelle Passarelli

Michelle Passarelli left a positive review 10/24/2012


Nancy McKenna

Nancy McKenna left a review 10/16/2012

The three hour class is too long. Can some be cut into three one hour classes? I cant really judge the class as I could not be away from my desk for three hours at this time of year.

Nancy McKenna

Nancy McKenna left a positive review 10/15/2012

I loved it! I learned a lot, especially since I dont know anything about Apple products so it was total immersion. Very good for learning both the Mac and also for After Effects.

Since my job requires that I physically be at my desk, though, I may have to be there for half each class and then watch Lynda in order to really 'get it'.

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