Preservationists Hope For Thompson Center Reprieve

Steve Miller
January 23, 2020 - 3:59 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The James R. Thompson Center Historical Society is giving tours of the 1985 building, recognizing it will almost definitely be sold but hoping there will be enough public outcry to save it from the wrecking ball.

On the most recent tour: architecture classes at the School of the Art Institute, where Paul Dolick is a lecturer.

"The students are going to be challenged to examine the building as it is and for what it once stood for, but also to explore the potential of how it's going to move into the future,” he explains.

In other words, how the building may be re-designed.

Architect Jonathan Solomon is a member of the Thompson Center Historical Society, a co-leader of the tour, and points out some of its significant features.

After the tour, graduate student Addison Foran says her mindset changed.

"Your opinion maybe shifts a little bit towards saving everything,” she says.