Northwestern University Selects Indiana Limestone for Its New Music Center

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Silver Buff Stone Extends More Than a Century of Architectural Context at the School.

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The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, Northwestern University.

This type of stone has been used here since the late 19th century.

Among recent additions to distinguished campus architecture at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., is a building of highest contemporary design, incorporating materials that recall the school’s earliest days.

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, designed by Chicago-based architectural firm Goettsch Partners, uses prime Indiana Limestone, the standard stone for buildings on the Northwestern campus. “This type of stone,” said Bonnie Humphrey, Northwestern University’s Director of Design and Construction, “has been used here since the late 19th century.”

Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, the music center houses teaching studios as well as faculty and administrative offices. It includes 10 classrooms, 99 practice rooms, and three state-of-the-art performance spaces distinguished by exceptional acoustics – the 400-seat Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall, the Shirley Welsh Ryan Opera Theater, and the David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room.

The center’s limestone base design supports a mainly glass exterior, offering striking views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Integrating ideally with the architectural context of the Northwestern campus is the Silver Buff stone variety from Indiana Limestone. A mostly smooth surface with some rustication was provided for most of the stone. Some panels were provided with combing to dress their surfaces.

Galassi Stone & Steel, Romeoville, Ill., fabricated the project stone. The mason was Illinois Masonry Corp. of Buffalo Grove, Ill.; general contractor was Power Construction, Chicago.

About Indiana Limestone Company
Indiana Limestone Company is unmatched as the premier supplier of Indiana limestone in a range of beautiful and lasting building products. Founded in 1926 (with predecessor firms that had been quarrying limestone since the mid-1800s), ILCO today remains the provider of choice for this internationally renowned natural stone. Throughout an illustrious history in which its stone has made such iconic structures as the Empire State Building, National Cathedral, and the Pentagon, ILCO has reliably provided the highest quality products and services carefully tailored to the needs of the market with an environmental, natural focus.

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