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Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice

Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice
Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice, © C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections. Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
© C. William Brubaker via Flickr user UIC Digital Collections. Used under Creative Commons

In response to the Commission on Chicago Landmarks’ decision to reject landmark status to Prentice Woman’s Hospital for the second time in three months, the two preservationist groups challenging the City of Chicago have withdrawn their lawsuits. This eliminates the last barrier standing in Northwestern University’s way to demolish the historic, Bertrand Goldberg structure for a new biomedical research facility.

“We felt that we had done as much as we possibly could to demonstrate the significance of the building and ways to reuse,” stated Christina Morris, a senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “We just couldn’t see that we’d have any other outcome.”

For many, this news is disheartening as architects and preservationists from around the globe have fought in solidarity for much of the past year in an attempt to illustrate the importance of this one-of-a-kind structure. 

More after the break...

The seven-story concrete cloverleaf, cantilevered 45 feet from the supporting core and floating atop a glass and steel box, is an engineering feat ahead of it’s time as well as an important icon within the Chicago skyline. As architecture critic Michael Kimmelman argued at the start of the debate, “Great late-Modernist buildings, innovative and ruggedly beautiful, deserve respect and, increasingly, careful custody. Prentice is a good example.”

via The Chicago Tribune

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "Preservationists Surrender to Hopeless Battle for Prentice" 15 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/333148/preservationists-surrender-to-hopeless-battle-for-prentice/> ISSN 0719-8884

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