A rendering of South Stony Island Avenue, part of the University of Chicago’s proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, The University of Chicago)
Although the decision had already been widely reported by May 1, Barack Obama‘s nonprofit foundation today announced that the 44th President’s library will be built on the South Side of Chicago.
“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally, but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago,” said the President on the occasion.
The official decision ends perhaps years of speculation about the location of the former University of Chicago law professor’s legacy project. But it officially begins speculation on who will be the library’s architect, and what the ultimate design will bring to the president’s longtime home.