From a waterpark resort to a public school, seven finalists have been named in a design competition to repurpose a much-maligned state government building in downtown Chicago.
The state has extended the cutoff date for any would-be buyers to bid on Chicago’s James R. Thompson Center, but officials say they’re sticking to their April 2022 deadline to put the sold sign up on the downtown state government building.
About two dozen people gathered outside the James R. Thompson Center on Wednesday to protest the state’s ongoing efforts to sell the glassy state office building, which preservation groups call an iconic and integral component to Chicago’s downtown.
Preservationists fear two Illinois agencies will oppose having the James R. Thompson Center added to the National Register of Historic Places, which the groups see as a key to saving the Helmut Jahn-designed building in the Loop.
As the architecture world mourns Helmut Jahn’s death from a cycling accident Saturday in the western suburbs, the next few months are likely to go a long way toward determining the fate of the 81-year-old’s most controversial building and his tallest one in Chicago.
After a year off in 2020, Illinois historic preservationists have announced their list of the state’s most endangered historic places, structures and sites they say are architecturally and culturally significant but at risk of being lost forever.
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Developer: J. Paul Beitler is the president of Beitler Real Estate Services LLC, Chicago.