Preserve Old Main

Old Main, the enduring symbol of Augustana's commitment to the liberal arts, was built in 1889. The college and seminary had recently moved from Paxton, Illinois, to almost 19 acres of pastureland in Rock Island. With its towering dome providing a notable landmark, Old Main staked a claim for Augustana among early Midwestern institutions of higher education. 

Today we recognize the need to preserve Old Main and reinforce the synergy at the heart of campus, where the dome crowns the academic center. Renovations to the exterior and dome began in early June 2010, the mid-point of Augustana's sesquicentennial year, and mark another important stage in the history of our college. We are taking steps to preserve Old Main, the one building that links every living Augustana graduate.

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Project Progress

Phase 1 of the Preserve Old Main project, refurbishment of the building’s exterior, is in progress. We need to raise $13 million in order to keep the project on pace for completion in 2013.

Project Progress

Video Memories

Video: Bob & Carol Brockhouse '60

Bob & Carol Brockhouse '60

"This is where we were. We had wonderful experiences here and Old Main reminds us of that."

Video: Dorothy Parkander '46 and Rev. Peter Marty, Board of Trustees

Dorothy Parkander '46 and Rev. Peter Marty, Board of Trustees

"There are icons on a campus that will always be, and should always be."