Update June 24, 2021
In the mid-1990s, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) determined that the James R. Thompson Center was eligible for listing in the State and National Register of Historic Places. It was just 10 years old. Earlier this year, Preservation Futures submitted a National Register nomination for the Thompson Center, noting the building is of exceptional significance because of its design, history and work by a major architect. Although a Determination of Eligibility and listing in the National Register would not guarantee the building is preserved, they could potentially provide an extra layer of review from the state agency and allow for input from interested parties if federal funds were involved. Last week, our coalition of advocates learned that the SHPO had retracted its determination of eligibility for the Thompson Center.
The decision is now left to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council, the body that recommends places in Illinois to the National Register of Historic Places and also advises the State Historic Preservation Office on matters pertaining to historic preservation. They will be meeting this Friday June 25 at 10 am Central.
Docomomo US has written an individual letter in support of the nomination, as have many of our coalition advocations including Preservation Chicago and Landmarks Illinois.