There's a lot going on around Prentice Women's Hospital (250 East Superior Street) right now. It was made in 1974, but I think it deserves protection as a historic place. I love the sublime honeycomb structure-- it makes me remember that it's possible to build something fresh. That not everything has to fit the box. Also: both of my tiny little babies were born there.
Here's a copy/ paste from an email from Landmarks Illinois:
Old Prentice HospitalUPDATEThe effort to save this modernist gem (1974) by architect Bertrand Goldberg now has the attention of the nation.
On June 16th, "old" Prentice Hospital was named one of the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The announcement was made by Vince Michael (above), a member of Landmarks Illinois Board of Directors and a Trustee of the National Trust. Other speakers included LI's President Jim Peters, Preservation Chicago's Jonathan Fine, and AIA-Chicago's Zurich Esposito.
The four groups, along with docomomo-Midwest, are members of the Save Prentice Coalition, which was organized to help preserve this hospital building at 333 E. Superior St., Chicago. The building's owner, Northwestern University, has said it plans to demolish the building after it is vacated later this year.
Below are a few photos from the "Save Prentice" rally, which was held in conjunction with the "11 Most" announcement.
What You Can Do
- Sign a petition in support of this modern masterpiece.
- Urge the local alderman, Brendan Reilly, to support the landmark designation of old Prentice (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Support our advocacy efforts by making a donation.
Thanks for your support.