Lincoln Hall dedication, Urbana, Feb. 12, 2013

A ceremony held on Lincoln’s birthday and 100 years to the day of the original building dedication celebrated the completion of a two-year, $64 million top-to-bottom renovation project of the iconic Lincoln Hall on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

The project was funded with nearly $58 million in state capital development funds and almost $6 million from the University.

Lincoln Hall is the most frequented academic building on campus, with most of the 44,000 who attend the university annually taking a class there at some time. Classrooms are now outfitted with new computer-aided projectors, large screens and speaker systems, and designers switched the orientation of some of the larger lecture halls, putting professors closer to students.

University President Robert A. Easter and other dignitaries -- including Board of Trustees Chairman Christopher Kennedy and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn -- celebrated the rededication. Some images of the day are below.

President Robert Easter addresses the audience at the rededication of Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Feb 12, 2013.

President Robert Easter addresses the audience
at the rededication of Lincoln Hall at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Feb 12, 2013.

President Bob Easter, Gov Quinn, Chairman Kennedy, and Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Ruth Watkins get ready to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

President Easter, Gov Pat Quinn, Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy, and
Liberal Arts & Sciences Dean Ruth Watkins prepare to cut the ceremonial ribbon.

President Robert Easter addresses the audience at the rededication of Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Feb 12, 2013.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates President Easter after the ribbon-cutting
ceremony with Board Chairman Christopher Kennedy looking on.

The refurbished doorway of historic Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The refurbished doorway of historic Lincoln Hall at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.