What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates
Nov16

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 2: FitzGerald Associates

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from the West Loop architecture firm FitzGerald Associates Architects, which has sympathy for the aging,...

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey
Nov09

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from John Lahey, Design Principal at Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. John...

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Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe
Oct14

Architect Jahn Tries to Save His Baby from Governor Rauner’s Budget Axe

Widely considered unsightly by those who see it from the outside, and dysfunctional by those who work on the inside, there was little surprise when Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday announced he want to offload the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street). The governor argues that selling the building makes financial sense for a number of reasons.  It’s an expensive building to run; the Loop real estate market is hot enough that...

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Can We Set the Record Straight?
Nov04

Can We Set the Record Straight?

↑↑↑ This is the State of Illinois Building ↑↑↑ ↓↓↓ This IS NOT the State of Illinois Building ↓↓↓ And it hasn’t been for decades.  You aren’t still buying lottery tickets at the White Hen, are you? (I’m looking at you,...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12
Dec17

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 12

The usual abstract art inside the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street) is augmented by a Christmas tree and a...

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Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE
Feb29

Chicago Casino: Not IF, but WHEN and WHERE

For the last few decades Chicago’s mayors have been hell-bent on building a casino in the city. What they haven’t been too interested in is asking the public its opinion on the matter. Finally a group of people threw up their metaphorical hands and said, “If the politicians won’t ask, we will.” To that end, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Reader co-sponsored an event at the Chicago...

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Status Update: Deconstructing The Deconstructed

Work continues on the Thompson Center (100 West Washington Street) where the granite panels were found to be deteriorating and in danger of falling off of their posts. The panels are arranged around the perimeter of the block, outlining where the building might have gone if it were square and not a series of balconies surrounding a curved glass atrium.  The granite panels get smaller and more deconstructed as they get father from the...

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