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Cook Hall

Location:
Cook Hall 200 S. University Street
Normal, IL

Cook Hall contains Illinois State University’s School of Music and serves as a practice area for many music students.

One of Illinois State’s most interesting buildings and the oldest one still standing on the Quad, Cook Hall was originally built to be a gymnasium. It was completed in 1897 and was named after Jesse Williston Cook, the University’s 4th President (1890–1899). He earned his diploma in 1865 from Illinois State Normal University and in 1876 he became a Professor of Mathematics.

The building has also been known as the “Old Castle” or “The Gymnasium.” The Governor at the time, John Altgeld, had a great liking for medieval castles and insisted all new state construction during his term in office resemble castles. You’ll find a Cook Hall look-alike at many other state schools; they are called “Altgeld’s Folly.”

Upcoming Events

July 2017

Concerts on the Quad: Future Stuff

Date:
Monday, July 3rd
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The series opens with this young duo - often described as Tedeschi Trucks Band meets The White Stripes meets Shakey Graves - whose fun vintage folk/pop style keeps audiences on the edge of their seats while tearing at heart strings.    

Concerts on the Quad – Ameranouche

Date:
Monday, July 10th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The award-winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a passionate style of music: a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy-inspired mix of Flamenco, Bebop, and Jazz swing influences.

Concerts on the Quad – April Verch Band

Date:
Monday, July 17th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bow. Feet. Vox. A trifecta of talent, April Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, stepping, singing, and fiddling with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.

Concerts on the Quad – Singing under the Stars

Date:
Monday, July 24th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Illinois State University faculty and guests sing favorites from the operatic and Broadway stages.

Concerts on the Quad – Evening of Jazz

Date:
Monday, July 31st
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night of contemporary jazz featuring David Hoffman & Friends.