Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg and completed in 1975, was groundbreaking for its cutting edge cantilevered concrete design, advanced engineering and its progressive plan for the organization of medical departments and services. Now, merely 35 years old, this amazing masterwork is threatened with demolition by Northwestern University.
Update: On April 5, 2011 it was reported that Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) had brokered a delay in Northwestern University’s plan to immediately apply for a demolition permit for Prentice, even though the building is not scheduled to be vacated until September. On April 7, 2011 Landmarks Illinois joined Preservation Chicago by also listing Prentice as one of their Most Endangered buildings of 2011. Since those actions, a robust debate has broken out in the press (see links below) culminating in the long-awaited reuse plan released by Landmarks Illinois on April 22.