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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 2019

Concerts on the Quad: Evening of Contemporary Jazz – Tom Marko and the Inner Light

Date:
Monday, July 22nd
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An evening of contemporary jazz led by one of Illinois State's very own. Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site changes. For information or to…

Concerts on the Quad: Singing Under the Stars

Date:
Monday, July 29th
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Illinois State University faculty and guests sing favorites from the operatic and Broadway stages. Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site changes. For information or…