Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Nyvall Hall

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Institution Name: North Park University
Original/Historic Place Name: Nyvall Hall
Location on Campus: 5100 H. Spaulding Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1945-1947original construction Brand, Herbert A.
Designer: Herbert A. Brand
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: bricks
Roof: slate
1947-present (2006)administration
1947-present (2006)faculty offices
1947-present (2006)classrooms
1947-present (2006)chapel
1947-present (2006)other (home of North Park Theological Seminary)

Nyvall Hall was built and continues as the home of North Park Theological Seminary, the Evangelical Covenant Church's sole graduate theological school. It was named to honor David Nyvall, the school's first president, and it continues the school's founding mission of providing theological instruction and training for clergy.

The Hall contains the Isaacson Chapel and prayer room, the Deans' Lounge, admissions and administrative offices, a classroom, and Nyvall lounge and kitchen. The Glenn Anderson Seminar room, classrooms, and faculty offices are located on the second floor, and faculty offices and preaching lab on the third floor. In the basement are a lunchroom, a Christian education lab/classroom, a lecture hall, and a prayer chapel.


Carlson, Leland H. A History of North Park College, Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary, 1891-1941. Chicago, IL: North Park College, 1941.


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