Tate Hall webcam

Webcam This is a live image of the east side of Tate Hall from the rooftop of the Mechanical Engineering Building looking over Church Street.

About the Tate Hall Renovation

Originally built in 1926 with two additions in the 1960s, Tate is a prominent building on the University of Minnesota Northrop Mall. Countless students have taken classes and conducted research in the building during the last 89 years.

The $92.5 million Tate Hall renovation turned obsolete labs and antiquated classrooms into vibrant, flexible spaces that will bolster instruction, research, and support services, while preserving the building’s architectural character as part of the Northrop Mall Historic District. The theme of “science on display” is a guiding force for the project.

Highlights include the new large auditorium that serves as a main location for classes and public events such as the Van Vleck lecture. A four-story atrium with skylight is in the center of the space, and the historic rooftop observatory has been restored and improved, providing more space for public viewings of the night sky.

Tate is home to the Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences and the School of Physics and Astronomy. The building houses approximately 350 faculty, post-doctorates, graduate students, and visiting researchers. More than 2,000 students take classes in Tate each day. The facility includes 29 teaching labs for physics and astronomy courses and four teaching labs for earth sciences courses. In addition, the building includes 26 research labs—10 for physics and astronomy and 16 for earth sciences.

The University chose Alliiance as the building renovation architect and J.E. Dunn Construction as the general contractor.