Galesburg native author Carl Sandburg attended Lombard College. His time began there in 1898 and he was a member of the Poor Writers' Club, a poetry critic's forum. Lombard professor Phillip Green Wright encouraged the talented Sandburg in his writing. Carl Sandburg was awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times; twice for his poetry and another time for his 6 volume biography of President Abraham Lincoln.
The present Lombard Junior High was built in 1939 on the same site. Many satellite buildings remain in the campus area including the gymnasium built in 1912. The Sigma Nu Fraternity House, built in 1927, is at 1316 E. Knox and is an apartment complex today. The music conservatory building is a private residence across the street at 1187 E. Knox Street and the Wel Kum Inn Store, 1217 E. Knox St. and built in 1925, catered to the needs of Lombard University students and later junior high students closed in 1959. The building serves as a multi-family residence today. Another historic home in the Lombard area is at 786 Lombard Street. This home was built in 1860 with mid-century architecture and is a private home. Visitors are welcome to tour the Lombard campus area. There is a walking tour booklet with many more historic homes and churches available at the Galesburg Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.