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Public Pressure to Save Prentice Growing


On September 6th at the Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting, Chairman Rafael Leon announced that while discussion about Prentice would not be permitted that day, Prentice would be on the agenda of one of the upcoming fall meetings. In the meantime, the Save Prentice Coalition continues to collect signatures from leading architects in Chicago and the world, including eight Pritzker Prize winners, on a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel in support of landmarking Prentice. Over 80 Architects sign letter to the Mayor in support of Prentice.pdf.


On August 2, the Save Prentice Coalition delivered a professionally prepared landmark nomination for Prentice to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, but was told that the topic of Prentice would not be discussed, as the administration is still having discussions with all parties. Click here to read a summary of the meeting  and here to read the statement and here to review the nomination.


On July 31, LI President Bonnie McDonald discussed the Prentice Women’s Hospital Reuse Study for an upcoming edition of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight.


The preservation of Prentice Hospital was a hot topic in the news on July 26 and July 27, 2012. Numerous articles in major print and radio media are covering the urging of Mayor Rahm Emanuel by the design community to save Prentice Hospital and are linked below.

On July 27, the Chicago Sun-Times endorsed the preservation of historic Prentice Hospital and urged that the building be placed back on the agenda of the Commission for Chicago Landmarks for its consideration of landmark designation.

The Chicago Tribune also published on July 27 an Op Ed co-authored by Landmarks Illinois’ own president Bonnie McDonald and Zurich Esposito, executive director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago. Read the points made for why this unique design should be a Chicago landmark and our urging for a collaborative reuse effort.

On July 26 the Save Prentice Coalition issued a letter containing signatures from over 60 architects from Chicago and abroad urging Mayor Emanuel to provide protection for Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Hospital. Since the fight to save Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, this is the largest outpouring of support from within the architecture community for saving an historic building. Such a letter is unprecedented.


Protect This Modern Masterpiece

It has been over a year since the Commission on Chicago Landmarks deferred Prentice Hospital from its June, 2011 agenda. The Save Prentice Coalition, anticipating Northwestern University’s desire to move ahead with demolition plans, continues to push for the city to protect this modern masterpiece. Send an email letter to Mayor Emanuel and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in support of landmarking Prentice.


For frequent updates on Facebook, please “like” the Save Prentice FB page: facebook.com/pages/Save-Prentice/146981851986833


Press Coverage


WTTW Chicago Tonight, October 24, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business, October 18, 2012

Lee Bey WBEZ, October 19, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times, October 18, 2012

Chicago Tribune, October 18, 2012

Architect’s Newspaper, October 17, 2012

Chicagoist, October 17, 2012

New York Times, October 17, 2012

ArchitectureChicago Plus, October 16, 2012

Chicago Tribune, September 30, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times, September 27, 2012

Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2012

WGN News, September 24, 2012

WBEZ, September 21, 2012

Reader, September 10, 2012

Chicago Tribune, September 7, 2012

Time Out Chicago, September 5, 2012

Blouin Artinfo, September 5, 2012

Engineering News Record, September 5, 2012

Architect’s Newspaper, September 4, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times, September 4, 2012

Chicago Tribune, September 4, 2012

Reader, August 31, 2012

ArchitectureChicago Plus, August 30, 2012

Crain's Chicago Business, August 27, 2012

Chicago Tribune, August 24, 2012

Chicago Tribune, August 22, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times, August 22, 2012

Chicago Magazine, August 22, 2012

Reader, August 22, 2012

ArchitectureChicago Plus, August 21, 2012

ArchitectureChicago Plus, August 17, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business, August 15, 2012

Reader, August 15, 2012

Vanity Fair, August 14, 2012

Chicago Tribune, August 12, 2012

WTTW Chicago Tonight, August 7, 2012

Architect, August 6, 2012

Crain’s Chicago Business, August 6, 2012

Architect, August 5, 2012

New York Times, August 3, 2012

Skyline, August 2, 2012

Chicago Tribune, Cityscapes, August 2, 2012

ArchitectureChicago Plus blog, August 2, 2012

Chicago Tribune, July 29, 2012

Chicago Sun-Times, July 29, 2012

Time Tells, July 27, 2012

WTTW Chicago Tonight, July 26, 2012

Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2012

A|N Blog, July 26, 2012

WBEZ, July 26, 2012

TimeOut Chicago, July 26, 2012

A journalism graduate student from Northwestern's Medill School, and her classmates, made a short film on the Prentice legacy and Northwestern’s demolition plans. Click Here to view the video.








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