Mayor Emanuel supports Prentice Hospital Demolition

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Despite strong opposition from preservationists and architects world-wide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced his decision to support the demolition of Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. In a op-ed piece released by the Tribune, Emanuel supported his stance by arguing that Northwestern’s new biomedical research facility would “bring 2,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in investment” to . Emanuel believes Goldberg’s “vision is alive in beyond one building” and allowing Northwestern to build the new medical center is crucial in keeping at the forefront of scientific innovation.

Emanuel stated, “Chicago’s architectural legacy is part of a larger story of a city that has been a trailblazer from the beginning and remains on the forefront of design and dance, medicine and manufacturing. To honor that legacy and build on it for the next generation of Chicagoans, we cannot simply preserve the past: we must promote opportunity for the future.”

In return, Northwestern has committed to “include a Chicago architect in its design process, adhere to the city’s minority hiring requirements, preserve other historic buildings and ensure public safety around the new building.”

via Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Mayor Emanuel supports Prentice Hospital Demolition" 30 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Michael

    Lets just tear down every old building we don’t like because jobs trump preserving our history and the fabric of our cities and communities. In reality the two are equals. Techinally, more jobs would be created by helping to renovate the building for its new occupant.

  • Yohan Redoff

    Give mayor Rahm Emanuel to read under here And then suggest to find a new job. Shame on mayor!