Two students clean an old washboard with cotton tips.

Classroom Lab Space

Located across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Historic Preservation department includes a design studio with skylights, a conservation and materials laboratory with lecture space, a resource library, student lounge, and two dedicated lecture spaces, all housed in an enclosed two-floor unit with interior connecting staircase.

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Ryerson & Burnham Libraries

The Ryerson & Burnham Libraries constitute a major art and architecture research collection serving the Art Institute of Chicago  museum and scholars within the fields of art and architectural history with over 500,000 print titles, 100,000 auction catalogs, 1,200 current serial subscriptions, and extensive digital collections.

Students milling about the Roger Brown house, studying art objects and reading books.

Roger Brown Study Collection

Preserved in SAIC alum Roger Brown's (BFA 1968, MFA 1970) former home and studio, the Roger Brown Study Collection is filled with objects from the far corners of the world of thing-making. The 1888 storefront building is a laboratory where students engage in the care, organization, interpretation and preservation of varied collections. 

A large V-shaped building on a corner in Chicago.

Landmarks Illinois

Landmarks Illinois inspires people to save historic places that matter. Emerging from the fight to save the Chicago Stock Exchange Building, today Landmarks Illinois is a statewide nonprofit organization serving thousands of members, real estate professionals, property owners and policymakers.