This architect’s rendering shows the planned Mies van der Rohe Building on the Indiana University campus that will be used by the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design for lecture, workshop, student collaboration, administrative and office program spaces. The building could be completed by May 2021.(Courtesy image)
This architect’s rendering shows the planned Mies van der Rohe Building on the Indiana University campus that will be used by the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design for lecture, workshop, student collaboration, administrative and office program spaces. The building could be completed by May 2021.(Courtesy image)
A building designed by one of the 20th century’s most influential architects is coming to Indiana University’s Bloomington campus thanks to a tip from one of the state’s most prominent philanthropists.

The IU Board of Trustees unanimously approved construction of what is being called the Mies van der Rohe Building during its board meeting Friday at the Indiana Memorial Union. The $10 million facility will be constructed on what is now the south end of a surface-level parking lot at the corner of East Seventh Street and North Jordan Avenue near the Herman B Wells Library. It’s expected to eliminate about 50 spaces.

The entire cost will be paid for with part of a $20 million gift to the university from Sidney and Lois Eskenazi, now the namesakes of the Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture and Design. The van der Rohe Building will house the school when construction is finished in May 2021. Right now, the school has a presence in multiple buildings on the Bloomington campus, as well as the former Republic newspaper building in Columbus.

It was during a meeting with Sidney Eskenazi, an IU alumnus who founded a real estate development company, that university officials first became aware that van der Rohe had designed a fraternity house in 1952 that was never built.

In the years after World War II, the Phi Lambda Phi fraternity had a house along East Third Street. The chapter was planning to build a new house at 714 E. Third St. Two alumni living in Indianapolis who had worked with van der Rohe on other projects hired him to design it.
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