As we look back, we remember where we started and watch how we’ve evolved to become the great community we are today. While we’ve achieved a lot in 125 years, we can’t wait to see where we go from here.


1989 VS 2022

The Quad is one of the most popular spots on campus and is located between Richardson Library, Schmidt Academic Center (SAC), McGowan North and University Hall. 
Shown in 1989, the area that is now the Quad was then a parking lot. The Schmitt Academic Center building anchors the space. It has pairs of large columns protruding on each side. The Chicago skyline is visible in the distant background. A grassy lawn with white tents and two intersecting concrete sidewalks is surrounded by green leafy trees, shown during the Blue Demon Welcome event in September 2022. Formerly a parking lot, the Quad now plays host to events and student gatherings, as well as being used as a study and meeting space.


1970 VS 2022

St. Vincent de Paul Church was completed in 1897, one year before DePaul University was founded. It serves the local community and hosts student mass and academic events.

Byrne Hall was built in 1907 on the site of the demolished St. Vincent’s College building as part of Rev. Peter V. Byrne’s turn-of-the-century expansion program. It housed DePaul Academy, the high school for boys, until the Academy closed in 1968. It was named after Rev. Byrne in 1976.
The St. Vincent de Paul Church is shown 1977. The building is on a street corner lined with old cars, bare trees, and a short metal fence. It is one large building connected to a smaller and shorter building. The St. Vincent de Paul Church on the Lincoln Park Campus is shown in 2022. There is a sign in front of the building that reads ‘DePaul University’ with a blue shield symbol decorated with a white outline of the Tree of Wisdom next to it.


1992 VS 2022

The Fullerton Building was originally built in 1927 and then acquired in 1995. Prior to its purchase and renovation, the building once housed the pipe manufacturer, M. Linkman & Co. and was later used by L. Karno & Co. clothing wholesale and manufacturing. Since 2009, it has housed academic departments, as well as the Sage Medical Group and the Lincoln Park branch of the Chicago Public Library.
The Fullerton Building on the Lincoln Park Campus is shown in 1992. The building is on a street corner lined with old cars and a street lamp. It is made of bricks and has three floors of rectangular windows with square panels. The front door is on the left side of the building and framed by a concrete archway. Above the door is a sign that reads “L. Karno & Co.” The Fullerton Building is shown in 2022. The building is made of red bricks and has three floors of rectangular windows with rectangular panels outlined with green. There is a door on the left side of the building framed by a beige concrete archway. A set of double doors outlined in green is on the adjacent wall and is connected to an entryway addition on the right side of the building.



1956 VS 2006

Alumni Hall opened in 1956 and was named in honor of the graduates and former students who donated most of the money for its construction. The building held a 5,200-seat gymnasium, an auditorium and classrooms. Alumni Hall was demolished in 2000 to make room for the new Lincoln Park Student Center, constructed in 2001. The Student Center is the hub for student life, hosting 7,000 concerts, dances, career fairs and other on-campus events each year.
The Alumni Center building is shown in 1956. The building is on a street corner lined with old cars and people walking on the sidewalk. It is an angular building with rectangular windows on the bottom and vents at the top. The building has a flat roof. A short rectangular section protruding from the building has a set of double doors. The Student Center, built on the site of the former Alumni Hall building, is shown in 2022. The red brick building has a curved, windowed section with the front entrance connecting two adjacent walls. Behind the building are the tops of distant skyscrapers.


1992 VS 2022

Formerly Goldblatt’s Department Store, this property was originally built in 1912 as the Rothschild & Company department store. DePaul acquired the property in 1991 from the City of Chicago. Renovation and restoration of the historic landmark building was completed in 1993. The building is home to the Driehaus College of Business, the Loop Campus Library and administrative offices.
The DePaul Center in Chicago’s Loop neighborhood is shown under construction in 1992. The building has 11 floors of rectangular windows and arched windows on the lowest floor. One side of the building is covered in a tarp and scaffolding. A sign in front on the building reads, “DePaul Center, Anchoring the New State Street.” The DePaul Center is shown in 2022. The building is on a street corner surrounded by other skyscrapers and trees with yellow leaves. The beige-brown stone clad building has green awnings over the first floor windows. The former CNA Building, known informally as “Big Red,” is shown peeking over the top of the DePaul Center.


1959 VS 2022

Formerly known as the Kimball Hall Building, this structure was built in 1916 and acquired in 1955 through a gift from business leader and philanthropist, Frank J. Lewis. This building is the main center for the College of Law on the Loop Campus.
The Lewis Center is shown in 1959. The building is lined with windows and pillars. There is a metal pole in front of the building with rings around it and two signs adjacent to each other: one reads “Jackson Ave” and the other reads “Wabash.” A woman stands in front of the pole looking up, wearing a white top and polka-dotted gloves. The Lewis Center is shown in 2022. The beige building is lined with several windows and pillars, sections between the multiple floors decorated with detailing in the brick. Black fire escape ladders scale the side of the building.


1952 VS 2022

Faculty Hall was dedicated on November 29, 1952 and serves as the residence for Vincentian Fathers. It is also home to the Irwin W. Steans Center, a community-based service-learning center.
Faculty Hall is shown in 1952. The concrete brick building has five floors of rectangular windows with chimneys and shorter sections protruding. The area surrounding the building is lined with dirt and gravel. Faculty Hall is shown in 2022. The section of the building in the background has arched windows, a gray triangular roof, and a cross on the top. The area surrounding the building is now paved with asphalt in the modern day and features green leafy trees and modern parked cars.


1987 VS 2015

Originally part of the Northwestern Elevated Railroad Company, Fullerton ‘L’ Station opened in 1900 and served DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus. The station was expanded in 2003 and remains a transportation hub for DePaul students, staff and faculty.
The Fullerton Station on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus is shown in 1978. The station has wooden platforms on either side of the tracks. A CTA train is approaching the station. Behind the station is an athletic field, surrounded by buildings with triangular roofs. The Fullerton CTA Station is shown in 2022. A train is approaching the station with a brown sign on the top that reads “Kimball.” Behind the station is Wish field: a green soccer field with people in different colored shirts, a soccer goal, and soccer balls.



1978 VS 2022

Built in 1929 as the Waterman Gymnasium, this building was renamed in 1978 in a dedication ceremony with the names of its benefactors, Hayes and Healy. It was torn down in 2003 to make room for the CTA’s Fullerton Station expansion. Wish Field and Cacciatore Stadium, adjacent to the ‘L’ tracks, now provide space to athletic and recreational teams.
The Hayes-Healy Athletic Center is shown in 1978. Bare trees frame the building in the background. The building is a stone brick structure with two thick pillars framing the entrance. Rectangular and arched windows line the building. The new CTA Fullerton Station is shown in 2022. The station is a white horizontal building with red brick buildings in the background. In front of the station is a soccer field with white painted lines on the grass, a soccer goal, and people standing on it.
Campus during Fall


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