Kenneth C. Zirkel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
The Society of Architectural Historians strongly supports the listing of the James R. Thompson Center on the National Register of Historic Places. Specifically, we believe that the Thompson Center clearly rises to the level of Criterion C (Architecture) at the statewide level of significance, and it clearly meets the additional requirements imposed by Criteria Consideration G (buildings less than 50 years old or acquiring significance within the last 50 years).
SAH has long believed that the Thompson Center is both worthy of preservation and reuse, and eligible for listing. On 7 February 2019 we wrote to Gov. J.B. Pritzker supporting its preservation and listing as a Chicago Landmark by the City of Chicago.
Read the Letter of Support (PDF)