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Henry Administration Building


Originally built in 1912, the ground floor of the Henry Administration Building resembles the facade of the Empire State Building. Both buildings feature giant, stylized eagle-like designs mounted on columns flanking their main entryways, intricately-designed ironwork in the windows, and highly ornate light fixtures. One might assume that the architects of the Henry Administration Building had copied the facade of the famous New York skyscraper, but the Empire State Building was built over 20 years after the Henry Administration Building.

Formerly the Commerce Building, it was renamed in honor of University of Illinois president David Dodds Henry who led the institution through the turbulent 1960s and who served longer than any other president (16 years). The Office of the President is in this building.

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