Progress marches on… but it still can be sad sometimes
But, when we officially transitioned to the new Shuttle FCR, FCR-1 was kept intact as a (unofficial) historical monument to the many Shuttle missions flown from there (along with the Apollo 7, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz missions). FCR-2, upstairs from FCR-1, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1985 and remains in the Apollo configuration to this day.To support the International Space Station (ISS) program, FCR-1 was completely gutted and transformed into the current ISS FCR-1, removing the consoles (and the history) of that FCR that saw so many Space Shuttle missions.
When the Shuttle program came to an end with STS-135, the White FCR really served no direct purpose, as NASA had (for various budgetary and political reasons) not settled on or funded a follow-on program.
In 2012, a new upgrade program, called MCC-21, began upgrading the White FCR Multi-Purpose Support Rooms (MPSRs) that house support personnel for the Flight Controllers in the White FCR.Just recently, the MCC-21 project gutted and transformed the White FCR from the Shuttle configuration to a new set of hardware (and desks).
Gone are the iconic two-tone blue consoles of the Space Shuttle program… replaced by nondescript wooden desks and flat-panel monitors.
From the back it looks pretty cool…