600 S. Michigan Ave.

600 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Columbia's main building was built in 1906-07 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 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.

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Academic, Administrative

Upcoming Events

Drawing to See, Sketching to Think

Drawing to See, Sketching to Think 5/3 3:30pm

Join Cultural Studies faculty member Andrew Causey from Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department and Kevin Henry from the Design Department as...

Creative Writing MFA Showcase

Creative Writing MFA Showcase 5/11 7pm

Join us for readings by graduating Creative Writing MFA students in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. There will be a small reception following the...

Manifest for Prospective Students

Manifest for Prospective Students 5/12 9am

You're invited to chat with Admissions during Manifest, one of the most exciting days of the year! Columbia's Admissions Tour Center will be open from 9...

Big Moments in AD and PR

Big Moments in AD and PR 5/12 10am

Students share the highlights of their 2016-17 adventure, filled with Effies, Golden Trumpets, Young Globals and other award-winning campaigns. Event...

Deaf Studies: Capstone Portfolio Presentations

Deaf Studies: Capstone Portfolio Presentations 5/12 2pm

Join us for an American Sign Language department presentation, with Deaf Studies majors presenting their capstone portfolios. Showcasing EMERGING research in...

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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.

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

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