Chicago 7

Chicago's 7 Most Endangered Buildings

The James R. Thompson Center and Chicago’s Roman Catholic churches are among Preservation Chicago’s 2019 list of the 7 Most Endangered Buildings. The annual list, just announced at an event at the Chicago Architecture Center, identifies architecturally significant structures that preservationists hope to save from the wrecking ball.

This year marks the 17th year the organization has compiled this list in an effort to draw the public’s attention to threatened elements of Chicago’s built environment.

This is the third time the James R. Thompson Center/State of Illinois Building, Plaza and Atrium has made the list. Preservation Chicago notes that since the Thompson Center was built in 1985, the building’s design and engineering challenges of the space have been a contentious topic for the city. However, it is an iconic representation of Post-Modern design by world-renowned architect Helmut Jahn and is worthy of preservation.

Many of Chicago’s Roman Catholic churches were designed by some of America’s greatest architects and most recognized architectural firms. The church buildings which have made the list are both gateways and landmarks in their communities; more than religious centers, but also community centers.

Throughout its history, Preservation Chicago has remained an organization committed to the idea that all preservation is local. You can learn more about the organization and the rest of this year’s list here.

Preservation Chicago Names City’s 7 Most Endangered Structures of 2017

Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago's Executive Director, presenting "The Chicago 7" Most Endangered List for 2017

Ward Miller, Preservation Chicago's Executive Director, presenting "The Chicago 7" Most Endangered List for 2017

Each year, Preservation Chicago compiles a list of what they consider to be the seven most endangered sites in the city. This year's roster, announced today, included Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center parkland; as well as Chicago's 20th Century public sculptures.

Other sites that made the list include:

  • The water cribs along the lakefront.
  • Blocks 11, 12, 13 of Altgeld Gardens on the South Side.
  • The Union Station Power House in the South Loop.
  • Madison-Pulaski commercial district in West Garfield Park.
  • Cornell Store and Flats in Greater Grand Crossing area

The Chicago Tribune ran the story with detail and photos. Preservation Chicago is committed to strengthening the vibrancy of Chicago’s economy and quality of life by championing the city's historic built environment. This annual list is one of their many worthwhile efforts.