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State Farm Will Remove Historic Downtown Bloomington Sign

The iconic State Farm Insurance building in downtown Bloomington.

After turning off their lights earlier this month, State Farm’s iconic lettering on its former headquarters in downtown Bloomington is coming down.

Spokesman Jim Camoriano said the company will relocate the sign and other historic items from the building to State Farm’s current headquarters across town.

"It's an important part of our heritage, having overlooked the city for eight decades, we wanted to preserve it and other items at our current headquarters," he said.

Other items include elements from State Farm founder G.J. Mecherle's office.

“While we continue to actively search for a buyer, we wanted to same some items of historical interest related to the building. The exterior sign is one of those elements, so we are including that as part of our preservation process,” said Camoriano.

Removal could take 30 days, and will begin in the next two weeks, according to a press release. Camoriano said definite plans for the sign are not yet known, whether it will be preserved in whole or as pieces. The display of the sign at the insurer's current headquarters is also still unknown.

State Farm moved the last of its employees out of the old headquarters building on East Washington Street early this year.

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