Built in the 1920s, the 2-story building was home to a night club in the 1920s, a restaurant in the 1930s, a textile company, in the 1940s, and the Universal Bowling Corporation from the 1960s to 2003, where it served as the company's bowling ball salesroom.

The college acquired the building in 2003 and it was dedicated the Averill & Bernard Leviton A + D Gallery, part of the Art + Design Department.  In 2017, this first floor space became the home to Shop Columbia, a store selling student and alumni works. The second floor houses the College Archives & Special Collections at Columbia College Chicago. Also located within the building are the campus mailroom and the document copy center. 


Quick Facts

  • Name: Shop Columbia 
  • Other Names: A & D Gallery
  • Address: 619 South Wabash Avenue
  • Size: 21,000 square feet
  • Acquired by College: 2003