Stop the Demolition! Save Bertrand Goldberg's "Old" Prentice Hospital!!
  • Petitioned Morton Shapiro

This petition was delivered to:

President, Northwestern University
Morton Shapiro
Chairman, Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Rafael Leon
42nd Ward Alderman
Alderman Brendan Reilly
Mayor of Chicago
Rahm Emanuel

Stop the Demolition! Save Bertrand Goldberg's "Old" Prentice Hospital!!

    1. Petition by

      Save Prentice Coalition

The mission of the Save "Old" Prentice Coalition is to convince key decision makers to protect this modern masterpiece from demolition by designating it a Chicago Landmark. This effort is being led by a coalition of organizations that includes: docomomo, Landmarks Illinois, The National Trust and Preservation Chicago.

The building is in imminent threat of demolition by Northwestern University (NWU), which plans to landbank the site until funds are eventually found to build their own purpose-built research lab facility. A reuse study by Landmarks Illinois has demonstrated that there are reuse options for the building that would allow NWU to incorporate it into their plans.

Prentice Women’s Hospital, designed by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg and completed in 1975, was groundbreaking for its cutting-edge design, advanced engineering and its progressive plan for the organization of medical departments and services. Its column-free floor plates makes this building especially adaptable for reuse.

Please sign this petition, which will be presented to City of Chicago officials to demonstrate the broad-range recognition that Prentice is an irreplaceable modern masterpiece that deserves Landmark protection.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Virginia Turner CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      great design. Just re-use it. Don't demolish!

    • Michel Beauchamp MONTREAL, QUéBEC, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Come on... I can't believe this building cannot be used in a sci-fi film or series....

    • Margarethe Müller BASEL, SWITZERLAND
      • almost 2 years ago

      It's beautifull!

    • Ken Thompson CHICAGO, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      This is Chicago. We must preserve our notable architecture!

    • Monika Nikolic KASSEL, GERMANY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Stopp the Demolition !


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