When Chicago resident and urban planner Theaster Gates acquired the Stony Island Savings & Loan building on Chicago’s south side, it was a complete mess. The roof had collapsed, the inside had been exposed to the elements, and the building was basically destroyed from top to bottom. Gates bought the building for $1. What he did with it then, though, is nothing short of impressive. Equipped with restoration and construction skills, Gates turned this 90-year-old building into a masterpiece for the community. You’re not going to believe what he did with it.
He Bought This Old Bank For $1… What He Did With It Is Simply Stunning. April 1, 2023