Campus Heritage

The Northwestern College Preservation of Campus Heritage Planning Project was made possible by the generous support of the J. Paul Getty Trust. In 2004, The Getty Foundation awarded Northwestern a Campus Heritage Grant.

The grant enabled Northwestern to compile research on the historic Nazareth Hall buildings, to create a preservation plan for the historic campus, to launch ongoing educational activities related to the history and to establish a Preservation of Campus Heritage Committee to oversee the Historic Preservation Plan.

University of Northwestern recognizes the historical and architectural significance of our campus and we value its heritage. The committee believes that the recommendations and careful implementation of the preservation plan will provide even greater opportunities for stewardship as we seek to preserve these buildings for future generations.

The Preservation of Campus Heritage Committee consulted the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties as a guide for the preservation plan. The committee recommended rehabilitation of Nazareth Hall, as it will allow us to preserve our historic buildings and landscape while adapting them to contemporary needs.

Northwestern’s Historic Preservation Plan:

  • Describes the historic buildings and landscape
  • Identifies the character-defining features of the historic buildings and landscape
  • Discusses changes that have occurred over time
  • Assesses current integrity and condition of the historic buildings and landscape of the campus
  • Presents recommendations and strategies for preservation, renovation and stabilization of existing features while planning for effective, adaptive reuse of the historic campus