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Prentice Reuse Study Released

Landmarks Illinois, in late April 2011, issued a report that shows how the nearly-vacant former Prentice Women’s Hospital building can be reused, rather than demolished.

The building’s owner, Northwestern University, recently had announced plans to raze the clover leafshaped structure in late 2011, when its last occupant is relocated. The 36-year-old concrete-and-glass building, which was designed by influential architect Bertrand Goldberg, is considered to be one of Chicago’s most distinctive architectural designs from the 1970s.

“We believe this study demonstrates how viable this landmark-quality building is for several types of new uses,” said Jim Peters, president of Landmarks Illinois, a nonprofit advocacy organization. "We also think that retention of the building—rather than demolition—would be a more sustainable approach to redevelopment, while also addressing the concerns of nearby residents about the growing ‘canyonization’ of the Streeterville neighborhood.”

Prentice Women’s Hospital Reuse Study
This project has been funded in part by a grant from
the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Press Release: Prentice Women’s Hospital Reuse Study

For the full background of this advocacy effort, click here.

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