City Building

The City Building was constructed between 1935 and 1937 in Art Deco style.

Constructed between 1935 and 1937, this Art Deco icon stood as the tallest building in Downtown Champaign when completed. This building replaced the 1889 building designed by Seeley Brown.

The building was designed by George Ramey and funded by the Federal Administration of Public Works. The building was a project of the Works Progress Administration, which constructed public works projects across the country to put Americans back to work during the deep clutches of the Great Depression.

The building was designed to house City Administration offices as well as the Champaign Fire Department. Major remodels over the years added a third floor to house the Champaign Planning Department as well as movement of the City Council Chambers from the fifth floor to the ground floor.

Following the departure of the Fire Department upon completion of Station 1 on Randolph Street in 1967 the Champaign Police called the building home. The remnants of jail cells can still be found in the basement. In 1988 the City Building underwent an extensive renovation that included construction of a third floor addition. The building currently houses eights of the twelve City departments.

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Champaign City Building, Champaign

Champaign City Building, Champaign

Shows the west and south sides of the structure. Taken from a vantage point on the southwest corner of the intersection of Neil Street and University Avenue, looking northeast. | Source: Champaign County Historical Archives at The Urbana Free Library, Urbana, Illinois View File Details Page

Champaign City Building

Champaign City Building

View: Facing east on University Ave. | Source: Sam Logan Photography | Creator: Sam Logan Photography View File Details Page

City Building, July 10th 2015

City Building, July 10th 2015

Source: TJ Blakeman View File Details Page

The City Building when it was newly opened.

The City Building when it was newly opened.

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

The City Building at night, 2007

The City Building at night, 2007

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Renovation of the City Building

Renovation of the City Building

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

Bird's eye view of the City Building renovation

Bird's eye view of the City Building renovation

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

Drawing of the City Building from 1935

Drawing of the City Building from 1935

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

The previous City Building, ca. 1920

The previous City Building, ca. 1920

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

The City Building

The City Building

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

Remains of Old City Hall, 1935

Remains of Old City Hall, 1935

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

The City Building in 1985

The City Building in 1985

Source: The City of Champaign View File Details Page

Street Address:

102 North Neil Street [map]

Cite this Page:

T.J. Blakeman, “City Building,” ExploreCU, accessed June 23, 2017, http://explorecu.org/items/show/362.

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