The Art Center campus is Ellwood’s only design for an educational institution. Its form and structure makes architectural reference to the work of Ellwood’s hero, modern master Mies van der Rohe – in particular, Crown Hall, which houses the School of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. One of the unique features of the building is the 192-foot bridge over a man-made ravine.
In addition to more space in the new building, Art Center was able to admit more
students. According to the 1977 Western Association of Schools and Colleges report, Art Center had 950 full-time and 300 part-time students, an increase of 40% since Fall 1974.