The General Theological Seminary’s campus occupies over half of 20th and 21st Streets, in between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. Built in 1895, the complex originally housed students, and was meant to create an Oxford-like campus in the middle of the city. Featuring a lush and private courtyard, the grounds of the original building are like a private park, surrounded by historic brick buildings.
Other portions of the campus are being turned into residential condos, and the landmarked Tenth Avenue façade will be a unique accommodation for tourists and art lovers alike. Formerly the Desmond Tutu Center, the interior is rumored to reflect its historic past, and the building’s stained glass and ornate touches will be preserved and refurbished.
The fenced-off front courtyard will be transformed into an outdoor café, and Chicago’s Intelligentsia coffee bar will have an outpost in the lobby. The tranquil backyard will be a place to dine and drink al fresco.