Loyola’s campuses offer a variety of classrooms, ranging from the dark basement of Dumbach Hall to the airy 14th floor of Mundelein Center for the Performing Arts. From the run-down to the newly renovated, here’s what students think of their school’s buildings.
There are seven main classroom buildings on the Lake Shore Campus (LSC). Ranging from Mundelein, constructed in 1929, to the Modern Environmental Institute for Sustainability, built in 2013, every building has a unique character to it.
Mundelein Center for the Performing Arts
Every student has a Mundelein elevator story.
With its towering structure and imposing statues, the sheer size of Mundelein makes it a catch-all building with classes for almost every subject, students said.
“I like that they fit so much stuff in there,” Gianna Cavelli, a first-year health sciences major, said. “You can go to a floor and there will be a dance studio or another floor will have music stuff. I really like how it’s inclusive of everything going on on campus.”
Despite its charms, the first thing many students think of when referencing Mundelein isn’t the art deco interior. The elevators are a perpetual headache to students with lines often extending down the corridor, some students said.
“The elevators kind of suck,” Maddie Moss, a first-year women and gender studies major, said. “They’re broken all the time and they’re always really busy.”
The lobby has all of the art deco classiness many might hope for from a private college that costs, on average, more than $45,000 to attend.
Mundelein boasts a quaint cafe and seating area, as well as the Instagrammable Palm Court, with a balcony that offers a panoramic view of the East Quad and the surrounding buildings, as well as a lake view particularly popular with students at night.
Mundelein was originally Mundelein College, a private women’s college. The building wasn’t affiliated with Loyola University Chicago until 1991. Now, it may be hard to imagine Loyola’s campus without it.
Though sitting on the balcony of Palm Court may become less pleasurable as the weather gets colder, there are other opportunities for nice views from the building. Claire Mendes, a first-year sociology major, said the 14th floor of Mundelein is her particular sweet-spot for watching the sunset.
Crown Center for the Humanities
Tucked away in the northeast corner of campus, some students find the Crown Center to be a confusing mess of a building. The building is full of narrow hallways that intersect in a maze-like pattern with steep white stairwells that descend in a tight spiral.
“I feel like I’m in an asylum almost,” Cavelli said. “It’s so quiet and all of the dark hallways, it feels kind of scary.”
Despite its claustrophobic reputation, the large floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby present a sweeping view of the lake — if students can find somewhere to actually sit and enjoy it.
Cudahy Science Hall
There’s an obvious dissonance between the interior and exterior of Cudahy. The outside is brick and it boasts columns as well as a dome at the top. The newly renovated interior has a mostly grey and yellow color scheme with an industrial-style design.
Although the university spent $14.5 million on the renovation, junior bioinformatics major Japani Doan said she was unimpressed by the building’s face lift.
“It just feels like it doesn’t fit in with the Loyola style,” Doan said. “It would have been nice if they renovated it like Cuneo or Quinlan.”
Institute of Environmental Sustainability
The curved glass exterior of the Environmental Institute gives off exactly the kind of sci-fi vibes one could hope for from a science building. The colorful lights on the wall of hydroponics and koi fish swimming below are a mainstay on tours of Loyola for good reason.
Imaan Hasan, a first-year film major, said the building caught her interest while touring Loyola’s campus.
“When I saw the garden and everything, that’s when I decided, ‘I want to go here,’” she said.
Thermal energy pipes snake through the clear floor in the modern building’s aesthetic. The cafe indoors also adds vegan options to campus and is a favorite study spot for many students.
Cuneo welcomes students with a first-floor lobby that features high ceilings, skylights and art.
“It’s very corporate and it’s very quiet, once you get to the third or fourth floor it’s all very studious,” Doan said. “Students are just really stressing out there.”
Though it lacks a stand-out feature like the dome of Cudahy or the statues of Mundelein, the brick exterior of the building matches the style of many other campus buildings and is well-liked if little considered by students, students said.
Quinlan Life Sciences Building
Quinlan boasts a snazzy seating area on the third floor with plenty of places to sit and bright neon art sprawling across the wall. The expansive windows also provide plenty of natural light on the building’s east side and seem to be a preferred study spot for many students.
Mohammed Khan, a first-year software engineering and cybersecurity major, said he likes the study lounge on the second floor of Quinlan because it has a “nice view” of the West Quad.
The building has several labs that are frequented by STEM majors.
“You really feel at home in Quinlan as a science major,” Yatzany Resendiz-Rivera, a senior biology major, said.
With the Jesus statue and stained glass, walking into Dumbach is a reminder that Loyola is, in fact, a Catholic university. The building’s age is evident, with old-school chalkboards and classic-style red tile floors. It’s easy to imagine the students from the 1950s pictured on screensavers around campus sitting down to class in Dumbach.
Students noted the interior of Dumbach has one major caveat, the basement. The carpet looks worn down and the walls are comprised of cinderblocks. The air conditioning seemed to be a recurring problem with students describing it as intensely hot and too loud.
“During the beginning of the fall semester it was OK but now, a lot of times, the classes are just super cold or super dark,” Jesus Ponpa, a senior molecular and cellular neuroscience major, said. “It just looks like it’s not being taken care of.”