VanderCook College of Music

  • VanderCook School of Music

VanderCook College of Music

History From railroad equipment testing to music education in this iconic building formerly known as the Association of American Railroads Mechanical Engineering Building

Recognized nationwide for excellence in music education, VanderCook College's vibrant program is growing in its newly renovated home.

Chicago, Illinois
Scope of Services
Interior Design

26,500 SF

Construction Type
Adaptive Reuse

VanderCook College of Music recently leased a second building on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. It was was originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for testing railroad equipment.

LCM designed a master plan that adapts the original, two-level structure and its single-story addition to provide state-of-the-art facilities while maintaining the landmark building’s industrial character.

The first phase of construction on level one included a reception space, green room, music library, storage, a new electrical room, renovation and expansion of the restrooms, and a rehearsal room. Rehearsal rooms, offices, a classroom, and acoustically isolated practice rooms have been built on the second, mezzanine, level.

Phase two will see the buildout of a large, two-story performance space, instrument storage, locker space, and classrooms on the first level.