Chicago is home to some of America’s oldest architecture. The sad part is that a lot of these spaces have been deserted and are derelict facades of their former glory. The good news? They’re going for a dime to the public.
Installation artist Theaster Gates took this opportunity and ran with it when he purchased an abandoned bank for $1. He eventually transformed it into the sprawling masterpiece you see before you, which now stands as an architectural landmark and community centre. Looking to buy your own abandoned library? The cost of such a eye-catching fit out will cost you $3.7 million, according to CityLab. Certainly doesn’t leave much change leftover from that $1.