“Elizabeth Blasius affectionately calls the James R. Thompson Center the “post-modern people’s palace.”
“Blasius is one of the founders of the James R. Thompson Center Historical Society. Jonathan Solomon, AJ LaTrace, and Blasius are raising awareness about the architectural significance of the 17-story, Helmut Jahn-designed building that opened in 1985. Their advocacy is especially pressing now as the State of Illinois moves closer to selling the building.” (Shepherd, 10/25/19)
The James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) is a public, postmodern office building commissioned, owned, and occupied by the State of Illinois for government offices and mixed-use retail. Designed by architect Helmut Jahn in Chicago and put into service in 1985, the 17-story building is widely viewed as a threatened cultural asset as state legislators continue to push for the sale of the valuable central Loop property.
The James R. Thompson Center Historical Society (JRTCHS) tours have helped to raise awareness for the historic building. Their mission includes generating new affinities for the JRTC among Chicagoans and others by leading tours and producing programming and activities that invites the public to learn about the building and share stories about their experiences. More at www.preservationfutures.org.