A Renewed Push To Save The Thompson Center

Preservation advocates are pushing for landmark status in light of architect Helmut Jahn’s death.

James R. Thompson Center
View of the Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago on May, 2019. The building was designed by famed architect Helmut Jahn, who died Saturday. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
James R. Thompson Center
View of the Thompson Center in Downtown Chicago on May, 2019. The building was designed by famed architect Helmut Jahn, who died Saturday. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

A Renewed Push To Save The Thompson Center

Preservation advocates are pushing for landmark status in light of architect Helmut Jahn’s death.

Renowned architect Helmut Jahn’s untimely death has sparked new debate over the sale of his iconic James R. Thompson Center located in the heart of the Loop. Jahn was killed Saturday in a bicycle accident in Kane County. He was 81.

Reset brings on architecture writer Lee Bey for more on Jahn’s legacy and the future of the Thompson Center.

GUEST: Lee Bey, Chicago Sun-Times editorial board member and author of Southern Exposure: The Overlooked Architecture of Chicago’s South Side