Memorial Stadium

memorial-stadium-300University of Illinois Memorial Stadium

1402 South 1st Street

Champaign, IL 61820

Built: 1923

Original Architect: Holabird & Roche

Restoration Architect: Mary Brush, Brush Architects, LLC


Building History
Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus was designed in 1923 by Holabird & Roche and is a similar massing to Soldier Field in Chicago. Memorial Stadium is constructed of concrete faced with brick and limestone, whereas Soldier Field is concrete, limestone, and concrete block.  The building is significant due to its architecture, its original architects, and for the 200 limestone columns that create 2 monumental colonnades with the names of students and alumni who fought and gave their lives during WWI and WWII.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation and Building Pathology Challenges
The building is actively used throughout the year.  Areas of repair have been prioritized throughout the years and budgets assigned to accomplish the tasks.  Brush Architects, as the preservation retainer architect, inherited scope and budgets that were strictly defined, and required restriction due to updated restoration standards and budgetary expectations.

Design Solution
Brush Architects revised the work scope to realign with the budget and provided the client with phased repairs to address the recommended work within the capital budgetary expectations for the building.  The work scope includes brick and concrete retaining walls, restoration of the colonnade, and veneer wall restoration of the historic structure. All work will conform with the Secretary of the Interior’s standards and the regulations of the University of Illinois and landmark organizations.