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Prentice Women’s Hospital

333 E. Superior St., Chicago
(Cook County)


This Bertrand Goldberg-designed building has been vacant since September, 2011. Ownership has reverted from Northwestern Memorial Hospital to Northwestern University, which wants to demolish it and land-bank the property until it can finance a new medical research facility. This concrete, clover leaf-shaped structure, which was built in 1975, is representative of Goldberg’s organic architectural designs and is highly adaptable for reuse due to an open floor-plate structural system. After Prentice was included on last year’s endangered list Landmarks Illinois commissioned studies of three possible reuses for the building. The University, however, has claimed none are feasible for its needs.

Prentice was considered groundbreaking for its cutting-edge architecture, advanced engineering and its progressive design approach to organizing medical departments and services. It received international press coverage and an award from Engineering News Record for its innovative tower and open floor-plate layout that eliminated the need for structural support columns. “You will not find the structural solution to Prentice, which is an exterior shell cantilevered off a core, anywhere else in the world” notes Geoffrey Goldberg, an architect and Bertrand Goldberg’s son. “Prentice was the only one in which this was achieved.”

When Northwestern Memorial Hospital first announced its plans to build a new Prentice Women’s Hospital preservation organizations immediately began voicing concern about the future of the Goldberg-designed building. Prentice was on Landmarks Illinois’ 2005-06 Chicagoland Watch List and this is its fourth listing on the statewide endangered list. Preservation Chicago has also included it on its Chicago 7 list for a second time this year. The National Trust for Historic Preservation placed it on its nationwide “11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list. In 2010 the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency determined the building is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

In partnership with Preservation Chicago, DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a coalition has been formed to advocate for the preservation of this irreplaceable Modern building.

What You Can Do


Write a letter to encourage local landmark designation and to work with Northwestern University to reuse the building.



Mr. Rafael Leon, Chairman
Commission on Chicago Landmarks

c/o Chicago Department of Housing and Economic Development
33 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602


Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Office of the Mayor

City Hall
City of Chicago
121 N. LaSalle St.
Chicago, IL 60602

Alderman Brendan Reilly
Office of the 42nd Ward

325 W. Huron, Suite 510
Chicago IL, 60654
Ph 312.642.4242
Fax 312.642.0420

Join the Save Prentice Facebook page at SavePrentice.org.

Sign Landmark old Prentice Hospital Petition.


Additional Links


Prentice Women’s Hospital Reuse Study

“Save Prentice!” video

Watch WCIU “Chicago.Now” on Prentice preservation

Watch Chicago Debates: “RE-USE OR LOSE IT: Prentice and Chicago’s Modernist Architecture”

Listen to a June 29th lecture on LI’s Prentice Reuse Study

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places



“Shape of Space” video


Letters of Support


American Institute of Architects Chicago

David De Long, Ph.D., architectural historian

docomomo International Committee

Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner

Helmut Jahn Statement

International Scientific Committee on the Analysis and Restoration of Structures of Architectural Heritage (ISCARSAH)

Jeanne Gang, Studio/Gang/Architects

Joseph P. Colaco, University of Houston

Krueck & Sexton Architects

Marjanovic Ruedi Ray authors Marina City Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision

Neil Levine, Harvard University

Recent Past Preservation Network

Society of Architectural Historians

The Landmark Conservancy

Wright Way Society of Japan


Press Links


Healthcare Communication News, July 26, 2011

Sun-Times, June 29, 2011

Chicago Sun-Times, May 29, 2011

Chicago Tribune, May 25, 2011

The Chicago Architecture Blog, May 25, 2011

Hello Beautiful, May 16, 2011

Architect’s Newspaper, April 20, 2011

New York Times, April 16, 2011

Skyline, April 13, 2011

Chicago Tribune, April 4, 2011

Chicago Tribune, March 26, 2011

Curbed Chicago, March 14, 2011

Architect’s Newspaper, March 3, 2011







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