Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Entrance Plaza

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Institution Name: Olivet Nazarene University
Original/Historic Place Name: Entrance Plaza
Location on Campus: University Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1977original construction; Admissions Center RGB Associates
Designer: RGB Associates
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1977-present (2006)admissions office
ca. 1977-present (2006)outdoor space (entrance to college)

The original campus entrance was at the northwest corner of the campus leading to the Burke Administration Building. Development of more buildings and areas led to the concept of this larger welcoming entrance at the southwest corner of the campus, together with construction of an attractive, stylish welcome center for prospective students, parents, and guests.

At University Avenue and Main Street in Bourbonnais, the grand entrance plaza displays flags and two matching limestone signs with the name of the school and a large bronze school seal, providing an attractive welcome to guests and students alike. The 10 flags represent the United States, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Olivet, Kankakee County, and the Village of Bourbonnais, along with a Christian flag and a flag to represent other nations from which Olivet students are enrolled. A nearby limestone sign has the motto "Education with a Christian Purpose" engraved for all to observe. In front of that motto is a gas flame to illuminate and highlight the theme.
The Admissions Center, a Colonial Revival building, provides information for all visitors to the campus and is the principal location for assisting prospective students and parents in choosing Olivet as their school. Guests do not have to look inside a larger multi-purpose building to find the Admissions Offices and staff. The Center has offices and conference rooms to welcome guests and begin the enrollment of prospective students. Private interview rooms for admissions counselors are used to assist families in learning about the Olivet experience.


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