The University of Chicago has been selected as the location for the new Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The proposal beat Columbia University, the University of Hawaii, and the University of Illinois at Chicago in the bid for the new home of the presidential library which will be built in Chicago’s South Side Park.
The University of Chicago’s proposal for the location has sparked a public debate and elicited criticism about its plan to use the public park as the museum site. The plan is now one step closer to realization, thanks to a new legislation passed last week that renders it legal to build on the proposed site. The definite location is still being decided on, as the organizers are expected to decide between Frederick Law Olmsted‘s Washington Park, near the University of Chicago’s main campus, and the city’s Jackson Park along Stony Island Avenue, part of the Woodlawn neighborhood.
After choosing the location, the next step will be to select the architect. The presidential pair is expected to have a say and the entire screening process will be managed by the Barack Obama Foundation. The construction work will start in January 2017, following the conclusion of the president’s final term.