Preserving International House

Designed by the legendary Chicago architectural firm Holabird and Root, International House is a nine-story gothic building that centers around a fountain courtyard and soars above the Midway Plaisance. The distinctive structure helps create lifelong memories for our I-House residents and provides a center for internationally-focused public programs and creates an intellectual destination for the city at large.

International House alumni and the parents of current students may be particularly interested in naming opportunities for spaces of special significance to those who call I-House home. The dining hall, community garden, and Resident Dean apartment are available for naming gifts that will help provide renovation and restoration. The residential room naming program provides a wonderful opportunity for our alumni to make an impact on global education while commemorating the time they spent at I-House or its role in the education of a famous alumnus or alumna.

Many of the building’s signature spaces, including the following, are also available for naming:

  • The spacious Assembly Hall is the site for the annual candlelight Sunday Supper and is the center for the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series.
  • The bright and elegant Library is a site for the distinguished author night series and diplomatic encounters programs, as well as other programs that educate the community on global issues of the day.
  • The Courtyard, designed by the legendary landscape architect Beatrix Farrand, is a popular gathering place for students and community members.
  • The Tiffin Boardroom, with its lovely view of the fountain courtyard, is a venue for language tables, poetry nights, and smaller nationality celebrations.

These classic spaces provide multiple opportunities for support from alumni, parents, and friends like you. Last year, over 200 community outreach programs were held and attended by approximately 35,000 members of the University of Chicago and Chicago metropolitan area. Keeping these spaces up to date for recitals and world music concerts, lectures and international conferences, cultural heritage celebrations, and other civic and global affairs activities will ensure I-House continues to engage with the world for decades to come.