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VanderCook College of Music

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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 Mies structure and its single-story addition to provide a state-of-the-art music facility while maintaining the landmark’s industrial character.

The completion of phase one provided a new reception/performance space, green room, music library, rehearsal rooms, offices, a classroom, and acoustically isolated practice rooms as well as improved storage, systems support, and restrooms. Phase two will see the build out of a large, two-story performance space as well as provide additional classrooms, teaching studios, practice areas, and storage.

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