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Jul 23, 2018 11:18:40   #
mallen1330 Loc: Chicago western suburbs
 
Designed by Helmut Jahn in 1985 as the State of Illinois Center. It was renamed in 1993 to honor former Illinois Republican Governor James R. Thompson.

Criticized for its heating and air conditioning design, on hot days; internal temperatures have reached as high as 90 degrees. It's also bitterly cold in the winter; in its early years, ice formed on the interior of some of the wall panels.

More photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/allenteam/albums/72157697732284091


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Jul 23, 2018 12:26:15   #
rjaywallace Loc: Wisconsin
 
An exciting architectural series, mallen1330! Nicely done.

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Jul 24, 2018 06:19:57   #
johneccles Loc: Leyland UK
 
Looks like a nightmare to me.

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Jul 24, 2018 07:47:55   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Nice architecture shots--good work!

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Jul 24, 2018 12:16:03   #
mallen1330 Loc: Chicago western suburbs
 
johneccles wrote:
Looks like a nightmare to me.

You are so right on several levels. It was controversial from the beginning. Helmut Jahn's, (the postmodernist architect star of the 80s and 90s), greatest and worst project. His "eco-friendly" design for geothermal cooling never worked correctly. The open space made the offices on the upper floors hot and noisy. It was cold in the winter. Its design was praised and condemned. It never seemed to fit in with "Chicago Style" architecture. Also controversial since it's a state building financed by public funds.

Lately Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has publicly called for the sale—and likely demolition. We'll see.

This 16-minute documentary "Starship Chicago+, explores the importance of the block-sized civic structure via interviews with building designer Helmut Jahn, postmodernist colleague Stanley Tigerman, architecture critics Blair Kamin and Lynn Becker, and former Illinois Governor James “Big Jim” Thompson.

http://vimeo.com/241413433

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