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New IU Eskenazi Art School Building Will Emulate "Lost" Mies van der Rohe Design

A rendering of the new IU Eskenazi School of Art Architecture and Design, inspired by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

A rendering of the new IU Eskenazi School of Art Architecture and Design, inspired by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Courtesy of Indiana University)

Indiana University-Bloomington’s Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design will bring to light a “lost masterpiece” with the construction of a new building that was originally planned for the campus in the 1950s. It’s inspired by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. 

A news release says the university expects the new building to be complete in June 2021. It’s being funded as part of a $20 million gift to IU from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi. 

The building will be located on the northwest corner of Jordan Avenue and Seventh Street, in the space now occupied by a parking lot.

IU spokesperson Chuck Carney says the new building won’t eradicate all of the parking, which has dwindled since the construction of the School of Global and International Studies Building in 2015. He says the building will eliminate 50 parking spots.

“That parking lot is going to get a little bit smaller, and that’s just the fact of it," he says. "But there will still be some parking in that lot, that all still to be determined.”

Carney says the location of the new building is appropriate, given the architecture of the buildings that surround it. 

“So you’ll have this sort of different look as you come up and down Jordan [Avenue], where you have then the Eskenazi School building, you have the International Center and the School of Global and International Studies," he says.

The International Center is slated to be built on the northeast corner of Jordan Avenue and Seventh Street.

Carney says van der Rohe’s design was essentially forgotten in a box until it was recently found and brought to light. He says the original 1952 design was meant to house a fraternity and is being repurposed for the Eskenazi School to include features that weren’t around in the 1950s, like IT infrastructure. 

IU has not announced when construction will begin.

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