Old University on campus

Relic from Old University of Chicago

Stone from Douglas Hall, demolished in 1890

This stone from Douglas Hall at the Old University of Chicago, named after the University’s benefactor Stephen A. Douglas, is part of the Classics building in the Hyde Park campus of the University of Chicago. The stone was donated to the University in 1927 by C.N. Koenitzer, an alum of Old University of Chicago and author of History of the first University of Chicago, 1856-1886, an unpublished manuscript. The stone was installed into its current location sometime between 1928 and 1931.

Plaque commemorating First University of Chicago

A detail of the plaque installed above relic from Douglas Hall

The plaque installed above the stone from Douglas Hall shows the original building and read "THE FIRST UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO." The plaque was donated by C.N. Koenitzer at the same time as the stone.

Bronze tablet in Hutchinson Commons

Donated in honor of Stephen A. Douglas

This bronze relief was donated to the University by the Class of 1901 in honor of the decennial celebration of the newly incorporated University of Chicago. It is mounted on the wall outside Mandell Hall. Speeches given at the dedication of the tablet were published in the University Record for 1901-02. The plaque reads, "In honor of Stephen A. Douglas who in 1855 generously contributed to the founding of the first university established in Chicago. This tablet is erected on June 1901 by the decennial class of the University of Chicago."

Relic from Old University of Chicago

"C" bench outside Cobb Hall

E. A. Buzzell, a graduate of the last class of the old University of Chicago, donated stones from the old campus as part of Alumnae Day in 1922. These stones were part of Douglas Hall on the old University of Chicago campus. They were place in front of the "C bench" outside Cobb Hall in 1923. The plaque under the stones reads "1856 1886/ FROM/ OLD UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO." The Daily Maroon reported on October 3, 1923, on the installation of the stones, "...the keystone of the old University, symbolizing the growth of our school from that beginning, as does the Phoenix on our shield."