After an exhaustive search for facilities to house our administrative staff, Pharmapseudocal.com chose to locate its Headquarters in Plano, Illinois alongside some of our brothers from the Kendall County Swahili Institute who had been leasing space in the basement. Being a clearly well-seasoned (old) building, we became curious about the history of the old Plano Hotel. Our exquisite realtor had told us the building was completed in 1868, ran as a hotel for 75 years, then turned into apartments which were abandoned in the 1990s, but didn’t know much detail beyond that.
In the meantime, we were treated to an absolutely blank slate on the inside. The Swahili guys had one corner of the basement sectioned off with a few chairs, a chalkboard, and a surprisingly nice 75″ TV, but the first and second floors were just floors. A few ideas for how to lay out the space were bandied about, and the design we ultimately ran with was largely completed by the Administrative Staff themselves. The remodel has been generously described as “clearly unplanned and half-assed,” “suspect in engineering and absent any sort of concept,” as well as, “An insult to the historic building and downtown setting.”