Abandoned Headquarters Of The Motorola Telecommunications Company
Motorola was founded in 1928 as the “Galvin Manufacturing Company”. The international telecommunications company Motorola was headquartered in Schaumburg, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. But over time, she found herself in the heart of Chicago at 847 West Harrison Street. It went public in 1939 thanks to its success and changed its name to “Motorola Incorporated” in 1947 but this seat was eventually abandoned.
Motorola Inc’s home covered 225 acres. But she suffered big losses between 2007 and 2009 that she decided to split into 2 independent companies, named “Motorola Mobility” and the other,”Motorola Solution”.
“Motorola Solutions” was the direct successor to the original company, it retains ownership of the headquarters in Schaumburg. The huge campus was abandoned, it was decided to demolish it in 2017 to build a multi-purpose complex on this site in the future that would include residential premises, offices, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Two companies, UrbanStreet Group and Antunovich Associates, have joined forces to create “Veridian”. It will be used to transform this abandoned site into a prosperous urban center. The first phase of this project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020. Those who are interested in purchasing property in Veridian will be able to choose from luxury apartments, townhouses, a retirement village and an assisted living community. Residents will enjoy access to a variety of amenities and will have 2 parks at their disposal – one covering nine acres and a larger one covering 13 acres. Accompanied by Top Golf, restaurants, hotel and shopping center and parking lots for visitors coming from afar. The area hopes to offer concerts, movies and ice skating.
Martin Gonzalez had the chance to tour the campus, take photos of the walls with slogans, before the demolition was completed and he describes that this experiences of walking the corridors of Motorola was fascinating. The building, the old cafeteria, the brick structures, the amazing multi-level floors, the view across the lobby and that most of the offices had been science and technology labs. He also learned that Motorola not only contributed to the development of technologies such as phones, radios, and other networking systems, but also pioneered semiconductors, radios, talkies- walkies and other computer services. Knowing the building was being demolished, Martin said it was “deep” to see the photos and propaganda slogans from a company that had long since abandoned this site.
In 2017, after the demolition of the majority of the campus, the land was divided into several parts. Construction began in 2018. A new road was also built by Plote Construction, Inc. for $ 10.8 million in the summer of 2019.
The photos here were taken before and during the demolition process, we thank Martin Gonzalez for sharing his photo and experience with our readers. He shares his beautiful works on his Flickr account under the name Nitram242.