The address known as One Main has a storied history that extends through today.
In 1950, Barrett Hall was razed and replaced by Grant’s department store which operated until 1975. It was replaced by a disco called The Poison Apple which was open for less than a year. The Grant’s building went through various owners and incarnations until an arsonist burned the buildings surrounding it in late December, 1987. After that, the location was turned into a municipal parking lot.
One Main Plaza as we know it today serves as a landmark and beacon for downtown Champaign. In addition to housing some of downtown’s most coveted residences, It is home to the game development firm Volition, Veriflow Systems, real estate offices, and numerous fine dining choices. The courtyard in front of One Main Plaza frequently plays host to outdoor entertainment during the summer months and hosts the City of Champaign’s Christmas tree during the holiday season.
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