Chemical Laboratory
Harker Hall
Harker Hall
Location1305 W. Green St., Urbana, Illinois
Coordinates40°6′32″N 88°13′36″W / 40.10889°N 88.22667°W / 40.10889; -88.22667Coordinates: 40°6′32″N 88°13′36″W / 40.10889°N 88.22667°W / 40.10889; -88.22667
Arealess than one acre
Built1877 (1877)
ArchitectRicker, Nathan Clifford
Architectural styleSecond Empire
MPSUniversity of Illinois Buildings by Nathan Clifford Ricker TR
NRHP reference No.86003148[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 19, 1986

Harker Hall, also known as the Chemical Laboratory, is a historic building on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in Urbana, Illinois. Built in 1877, the building originally served as the university's chemical laboratory. Architect Nathan Clifford Ricker designed the Second Empire building, which originally featured a mansard roof. In 1896, a lightning strike set the roof on fire, and architect James White replaced it with a hip roof.[2] The building was named Harker Hall in honor of Oliver A. Harker, who served as dean of the university's law school from 1903 to 1916. Until it stopped hosting classes, the hall was the oldest classroom building at the university.[3]

The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1986.[1]


UIUC College of Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Illinois College of Law



  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ Cassens, Amy L.; Johnson, Bret F.; Garner, David J.; Stein, Janice A. "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Chemical Laboratory" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "Campus Landmarks". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
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