Saving The Flying Saucer

The University of Illinois has agreed to find the funds to renovate and maintain the State Farm Center on campus. The structure, which generations of students have lovingly referred to as “the flying saucer,” was designed by Wallace K. Harrison and Max Abramovitz and built in the late 1950s. Known as Assembly Hall when it was first built, the building has a unique dome structure and concrete composition—traits that makes it both expensive to renovate, but also critical to the history of mid-century architecture.