Presidential libraries are a fascinating part of our national building stock. While they are not “libraries” in the traditional sense, these repositories preserve and make accessible to the public the papers, records, and other historical materials that offer a unique glimpse into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents.
Given the historic nature of Barack Obama’s presidency, it should come as no surprise that the bidding war for his library became somewhat heated, especially in his hometown of Chicago. While many sites were proposed — including universities in New York and Honolulu, as well as several schools and organizations in Chicago — the official bidding has closed, and the Barack Obama Foundation received a total of 13 official entries for consideration.
Among those submissions is one from global design firm HOK, which recently unveiled its proposed plans for the library (shown above) on a site in Bronzeville, a historic neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
Regardless of which bid comes out on top, we get the feeling this will be one for the history books.