Last week, the White House made the long-awaited announcement that Chicagoans have been waiting to hear for months: the Obama presidential library will indeed be located in Chicago. The city beat out New York and Hawaii to win the library, which will be located in Jackson Park very close to the University of Chicago campus. The Chicago Tribune points out that the site was the former location of the World’s Columbian Exposition greenhouse, the Horticultural Building.
The Obama Presidential Center, as it will officially be known, will cost at least $500 million and will contain the presidential archives, a museum about Obama’s years in office and the headquarters of the Obama Foundation, which will fund the design and execution of the center. According to Slate, the Obama Foundation has tapped husband-and-wife architect team Tod Williams and Billie Tsien along with Chicago-based Interactive Design Architects (designers of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago) for the design.
The President and First Lady shared their excitement about the project in a YouTube video this week:
*Photo courtesy of Flickr user Chris Lock.
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