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The Sadness of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

I have always loved goofball architecture. I can't pass a Brutalist structure without stopping to marvel at it.

And there was nothing goofier than the State of Illinois Building (160 North LaSalle St.) when it opened in 1985. I went by there the other day and was bummed to see how muffed up the place was. Here's a complete set of pics, and here's some examples:

Paint scraped off glass panels:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

Evidence of at least one vehicle impact:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

Some serious lime issues:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

Phantom cutouts:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

The Dubuffet isn't doing all that well either:

The Cost of Deferred Maintenance at the State of Illinois Building

I know there are some issues with budget here in our state, and we have many human needs, but we can do better than this, no?


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Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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