Built to house Knox College's literary societies and intercollegiate debate competitions, Alumni Hall is a distinctive and majestic presence on the central campus' north side.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Galesburg Historic District, it's red brick exterior and distinctive Richardsonian Romanesque Revival architectural style served as a symbolic "front door" to the College. Along with Old Main, Seymour Union, and Seymour Library, Alumni Hall also completes the campus' central quadrangle.
The interior of Alumni Hall is dominated by a central central auditorium which has been host to a wide variety of events over the years and even, for a short time, housed the College's library collection.
Alumni Hall was originally designed to house Knox's 19th-century student literary societies, Adelphi and Gnothautii. For subsequent generations of Knox students, it served as a central hub of campus activities, hosting theater performances in the central auditorium, classes on the first and second floors, and social gatherings in the basement snack bar. Over the years, many campus offices and departments have had their homes here. Some alumni may recall running laps or shooting on the rifle range (not at the same time) on the building's ground floor.
Transforming Alumni HallAlumni Hall served as a gateway to the Knox College campus and as a center of academic learning and debate from 1891 until 1978. Since that time, the building has not played a major campus role. Today's vibrant Knox community -- with more than 1,350 students -- needs Alumni Hall, making it the number one building priority on the Knox College campus. Renovating Alumni Hall will transform the Knox campus and the student experience by: revitalizing campus life with the creation of new facilities that address current educational and co-curricular needs and relocate others into more functional spaces; celebrating a proud history by preserving a significant historic building; and serving once again as a gateway between Knox College, Galesburg, and the world.