Discover How Google Improbably Saved An Iconic American Building | Architectural Digest

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Among the significant financial implications, the building is known to get extremely hot and equally unusually cold, making it difficult for the government to find an interested buyer. Demolition talks put the Jahn Center on the radar of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which later added the building to its 2019 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list.

For fans of the building, the purchase of Google β€” to the tune of $105 million β€” is a moment of celebration. β€œIt’s an accomplishment that benefits all parties involved,” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said of the sale at a press conference last Wednesday. (The head of state is from the same Pritzker family responsible for the Pritzker Prize.)

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Prior to the sale, the center housed offices for various state agencies in addition to three floors of dining and retail options.

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Google plans to upgrade and restore the iconic building, with completion scheduled for 2026. Aside from the glass facade, one of the most notable elements of the building’s design is the expansive atrium of skylights allowing customers to look at the 17 floors of the structure. In popular culture, the center has been used as a backdrop in many blockbuster movies, especially in the 2022s. The Batman serving as the exterior of Gotham Square Garden.

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