CHICAGO-Although the deck appears stacked against preservationists trying to save it, the old Prentice Women’s Hospital’s fate will be on the agenda next month of the Commission of Chicago Landmarks.
The commission posted the preliminary agenda for its Feb. 7 meeting, which includes consideration of a revised economic impact study and rejection of landmark status on the basis of the study of the shuttered Prentice Women’s Hospital. The building at 333 E. Superior St. in Chicago has been the subject of a bitter battle between preservationists that want to save the Betrand Goldberg-designed building and its owner Northwestern University that wants it demolished to make way for a new medical research facility.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks in a meeting last November gave the circa 1975 building preliminary landmark status and later at the same session rescinded it, making way for the hospital that has been closed since September 2011 to be demolished. However, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Neil Cohen later issued an emergency stay, but did dismiss a lawsuit brought by parties looking to save the clover leaf-shaped building. See story in the Chicago Tribune.