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View of the Thompson Center on the corner of North Clark Street and West Randolph Street.

The Thompson Center, was home to the Illinois state government outside Springfield. Google bought the 1.2 million-square-foot building back in 2022 for $105 million.

View of the Thompson Center on the corner of North Clark Street and West Randolph Street.

The Thompson Center, was home to the Illinois state government outside Springfield. Google bought the 1.2 million-square-foot building back in 2022 for $105 million.

Renovating Chicago’s historic Thompson Center

Google plans to first remove non-structural interior and exterior elements later this month. Where will they go from there?

The Thompson Center, was home to the Illinois state government outside Springfield. Google bought the 1.2 million-square-foot building back in 2022 for $105 million.

   

Chicago is rich with architectural history – and how long one leg of that history sticks around is now in the hands of Google. The tech giant purchased the Thompson Center in Chicago’s Loop in October 2022 with plans to breathe in new life.

Reset digs into that architectural history and learns more about its future.

GUESTS: Jonathan Solomon, partner in the Chicago firm Preservation Futures, associate prof at the School of the Art Institute

AJ LaTrace, architecture journalist for Chicago Magazine

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