Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Prentice Tower, Streeterville

It is still up in the air on whether Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Prentice Building will receive the old wrecking ball.  Plans for a new tower have not been funded and preservationists are working with city officials to save the building from demolition.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Prentice Building one of the 11 most endangered historic places in the nation.  While preservationists have succeeded at creating some attention, it does not mean the building will become a Chicago landmark which would guarantee its survival.  The question that I have is whether the building is worth saving?  Any thoughts?


  1. This is a Bertrand Goldberg design. I'd recognize it anywhere. I like this design more than the one be built in Phoenix back in the 80's. You can see my shot of it here:
    It would be a shame to lose it but, I'm sure there are some who would welcome its demise.

  2. Yes Bertrand Goldberg - I actually like your building in Phoenix a little more. A part of me doesn't want to see it go, but I'm curious to see how the space is utilized on the inside. Those representing Northwestern Memorial would be happy to see it replaced.