Prentice Reuse Study
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.
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.”
The Rebirth of Prentice
CAF: Lunchtime Lecture