The Thompson Center
|Full name||The James R. Thompson Center|
|Formerly||The State of Illinois Center|
|Address||100 West Randolph Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601|
|Developer||State of Illinois Capital Development Board|
|Architecture firm||Murphy/Jahn Architects|
|Net Site Area||127,490.31 square feet|
|Building footprint||14,680 square feet|
|Floor space||1,200,000 square feet|
- This was formerly the location of the Sherman Hotel.
- This building was named for former Illinois governor James R. Thompson.
- The oversized atrium allowed visitors to see government employees at work. It was intended to reinforce the notion of open and transparent government. Others interpreted the noise and bustle as symbolic of the chaos of bureaucracy.
- This building includes the CTA's Clark/Lake Station, which serves eight rail lines, and is described by the State of Illinois as the city's busiest L station.
- This building is connected to the Chicago Pedway system.
- The building's rotunda is 160 feet in diameter.
- The Thompson Center is required to have 33 off-street parking spaces.
- The Pedway linking this building and Chicago City Hall slopes. According to the Chicago Tribune, it's, "evidence of a miscommunication between government bodies"
|November 4, 1981||Plans for this building were approved by the City of Chicago.|
|1993||The Chicago Tribune reported that due to poor air conditioning, temperatures inside The Thompson Center can reach 95 degrees.|
|2004||The Chicago Tribune includes The Thompson Center on a list of "the Loop's ugliest buildings."|
|2006||The Chicago Tribune again includes The Thompson Center on a list of "the Loop's ugliest buildings."|
|2007||The State of Illinois considered selling this building, and then leasing the space back from its new owned in order to reduce expenses.|
|2015||The State of Illinois first proposed selling The Thompson Center to real estate developers.|
|2016||The State of Illinois circulated a design from architecture firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill that envisioned replacing this building with a 1,700-foot-tall skyscraper of 115 floors.|
|2017||The State of Illinois proposed moving out of this building and selling it to a real estate developer. At the time, the state said the building needed $325,000,000 in repairs. Critics noted that the building needed those repairs because the state did not maintain it fully, and cut corners during construction to save money.|
|2017||This building first made Landmarks Illinois' yearly list of Illinois Most Endangered Buildings.|
|2019||In an effort to save his creation from demolition, architect Helmut Jahn proposed adding a 110-story, 1,340-foot-tall mixed use tower to the southwest corner of this building.|
|January, 2021||The State of Illinois purchased the building at 500 West Monroe Street for $73,000,000 in order to move its employees out of this building.|
|April, 2021||The State of Illinois began moving hundreds of its employees out of this building and into a new one it bought at 500 West Monroe Street.|
|March 24, 2021||An ordinance was introduced to change the zoning of this land from Planned Development 270 to DX-16, allowing The Thompson Center to be demolished and replaced by a skyscraper over 100 stories tall.|
|May 3, 2021||The State of Illinois issued a formal request for bids from real estate developers for this property. It described the building as, "larger than necessary for the State’s operations, spatially inefficient, and costly to operate with a significant maintenance backlog."|
[The Thompson Center was a] flop [that] sent Helmut Jahn into architectural exile; for years, he went without work in Chicago.
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