After sitting vacant for over 20 years and surviving multiple fires, restoration work has finally begun on the historic Art Deco lobby of the Old Main Post Office. Exterior façade repair and restoration work has been ongoing since October 2016.
After the previous redevelopment plan by British developer Bill Davies failed, the 2.5 million square foot Art Deco building was purchased by 601W Companies prior to an eminent domain action by the City. Preservation Chicago testified on behalf of the historic structure at hearings prior to the potential eminent domain.
601W Companies hired Gensler to lead the massive $500 million renovation plan. From the redevelopment renderings, the historic building appears to be largely left intact. New amenities will include an extensive three-acre rooftop park. A landscaped Riverwalk and outdoor cafes will line the extensive river frontage.