Save the Century & Consumers Buildings! Stop the $52M Demolition for a Gravel Lot!
Adding the words “or renovation” to the bill before Congress is all that is needed to allow the restoration plan to move forward.
Chicago’s Early Chicago Skyscrapers are currently being considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Yet, the Feds just earmarked $52 MILLION taxpayers dollars to DEMOLISH two outstanding Early Chicago Skyscrapers and replace them with…a permanent gravel lot!
And just as the historic buildings are on the verge of being beautifully restored!
After years of planning, the Chicago Collaborative Archives Center adaptive reuse plan has strong support from dozens of archives from across the nation and is ready to go.
Landmark or Landfill?
So after being vacant and mothballed for over twenty years, the fate of the historic Century and Consumers Buildings is about to be determined.
After 20 years of advocacy, it all comes down to two little words. Two little words that will determine the fate of these historic skyscrapers.
Adding “or renovation” to the appropriations bill currently before Congress is all that is needed to allow the restoration plan to move forward.
CONGRESS: Add “or renovation” to the appropriations bill currently moving through Congress and Save the Century & Consumers Buildings!
These proud and elegant Chicago School skyscrapers are located on State Street in the vibrant and thriving heart of Chicago’s Loop. The 16-story Century Building was built in 1915 and designed by Holabird and Roche. The 22-story Consumers Building was built in 1913 and designed by Jenney, Mundie & Jensen.
In 2005, the Federal Government took ownership of these buildings through its power of eminent domain with plans to renovate and reuse these buildings. But these plans never happened due to lack of federal funding.
The Chicago Collaborative Archive Center is a solid plan to save and adaptively reuse these historic buildings with strong stakeholder and financial support.
But all will be lost if the $52 million dollars of federal funds are used to demolish the Century and Consumers Buildings and replace them with a permanent gravel lot.
Please sign the petition!
1. We encourage Congress to add “or renovation” to the appropriations bill currently moving through Congress and Save the Century & Consumers Buildings!
2. We encourage the Illinois Delegation in Washington D.C. including Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congressman Danny Davis to take urgent action to support this effort.
3. We encourage the City of Chicago to take immediate steps to designate the Century and Consumers Buildings as Chicago Landmarks which would protect them from demolition.