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Thompson Center, Other Chicago Spots On List Of Endangered State Buildings

By Kelly Bauer | April 6, 2017 1:09pm | Updated on April 7, 2017 9:36am
 The Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., is on a list of endangered historic buildings in Illinois.
The Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., is on a list of endangered historic buildings in Illinois.
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DOWNTOWN — Three Chicago spots are on a list of the state's most endangered historic places.

The James R. Thompson Center, O'Hare Rotunda Building and the Singer Pavilion at the former site of Michael Reese Hospital made Landmarks Illinois' list of 10 endangered spots in the state.

“This year’s most endangered list includes a variety of iconic places that define our Illinois communities and our state’s heritage,” said Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, according to a news release from the group.

Here's what made the list from Chicago:

James R. Thompson Center

Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan have supported selling the Thompson Center, an glassy, spaceship-like Loop office building for state workers designed by Helmut Jahn.

Rauner says the 17-story structure's heating and cooling system works poorly, the building leaks and needs expensive updating.  

The building at 100 W. Randolph St., which opened in 1985 and is named for former Gov. James R. Thompson, would likely be torn down and replaced with a skyscraper.

O'Hare Rotunda Building

The rotunda was made to be the "social center" of the original terminal at O'Hare, according to Emporis.

The Chicago Modern blog calls the rotunda a "jet-age relic from the airport's earliest days."

Singer Pavilion

The pavilion is the only remaining building from what was once the Michael Reese Hospital at 2929 S. Ellis Ave. It was one of the first postwar buildings built on the hospital campus, according to Forgotten Chicago. It was closed in 2008.

The city is now looking for developers for the site.