Completed in 1976, the Columbus Drive Building was SAIC’s first building independent of the museum.
Designed by renowned architect Walter Netsch of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 1976, the Columbus Drive Building was SAIC's first building independent of the museum. Today, the Columbus Drive Building houses some of the largest departments on campus, a student-run gallery, digital fabrication studio, wood shop, metal shop, and a foundry—the only one located in a school in Chicago. The Columbus Auditorium is the largest on campus and hosts Visiting Artists Program lectures, department-sponsored visiting artist lectures, and first-year survey Art History classes.
SAIC alum Tom Palazzolo (BFA 1965, MFA 1966) created a video of the building’s dedication by Mayor Richard J. Daley in 1976.