Prentice Permanently Pulverized; Now a Non-Building
Aug18

Prentice Permanently Pulverized; Now a Non-Building

It’s pretty much the end of the end of the end for the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Preservationists couldn’t stop the proverbial wrecking ball from doing its duty over the last year, and now what’s left at 320 East Huron Street is a pile of broken concrete, twisted rebar, and memories. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in the photograph above which...

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Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo
May27

Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo

Another downtown Chicago surface parking lot is going to bite the dust. Akara Partners wants to put up a 14-story residential building on the site across the street from the Hotel Felix. The plan calls for just 28 residences on the top ten floors of the Near North Side building, which means that these are condominiums, not apartments. This is the second condo building announced for downtown Chicago in recent months. Though it remains...

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Status Update: Erasing Prentice
Feb11

Status Update: Erasing Prentice

Methodically, the former Prentice Women’s Hospital is being erased from Chicago’s skyline.  This picture came in over the weekend from our own Wendy Bright who’s been keeping an eye on the Bertrand Goldberg building’s deconstruction. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Status Update: Evaporating Prentice
Jan07

Status Update: Evaporating Prentice

Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) is slowly disappearing from sight.  Regular Chicago Architecture Blog contributor Wendy Bright sent over this photo of the demolition progress.  The crews are taking the building apart from the top down, and now that work has reached the windows we can measure its progress.   Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Bertrand’s Bulging Beige Beauty Bows to Big Blue Building
Dec06

Bertrand’s Bulging Beige Beauty Bows to Big Blue Building

Almost a month ahead of its self-imposted deadline, Northwestern University has decided which design it wants for its new Biomedical Research Building at 320 East Huron Street. Chicago’s Perkins and Will has been awarded the commission, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.  Perkins and Will was competing against four other competitors for the new skyscraper to replace Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s...

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The Pictures of Prentice Hospital You Never Wanted to See
Dec05

The Pictures of Prentice Hospital You Never Wanted to See

We all knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking. Major demolition work is now underway at the former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) in Streeterville. Up to now, the outward signs of the beloved Bertrand Goldberg building’s demise were limited to scaffolding and brutal noises. Now, exterior walls are starting to come down, the once voluptuous tower is now turning all ribs...

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Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg
Nov07

Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg

For the last few years, Chicago’s architecture and preservation communities have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. After losing a heated battle against Northwestern University to preserve the beloved former Prentice Womens’ Hospital Building by Bertrand Goldberg, the question has been what would Northwestern eventually replace the building with? Today three shiny, finely tailored loafers fell out of the sky in Streeterville. If...

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Godfrey Grows Up
Oct30

Godfrey Grows Up

The transformation of the half-built-then-abandoned Staybridge Suites into the chic boutique Godfrey Hotel (127 West Huron Street) has reached a milestone:  The construction site is now safe enough to bring the media through on a tour. The Godfrey’s public relations company organized such a tour yesterday for local scribes and when we received our invitation, of course we replied with an excited, “Sure!”  Then we...

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Status Update: The Godfrey Hotel
Oct25

Status Update: The Godfrey Hotel

  The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street),is barreling towards completion, with most of its facade in place and the interior build-out long underway. You may remember that it started life as a Staybridge Suites designed by Valerio Dewalt Train that was stalled in mid-construction by the recession.  It has since been revived by Oxford Capital Group and Cube Capital, and is expected to start receiving guests in February,...

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Status Update: Demolition of Prentice Womens’ Hospital
Jun14

Status Update: Demolition of Prentice Womens’ Hospital

Demolition of the former Prentice Womens’ Hospital (320 East Huron Street) is underway.  Crews have removed the skywalk connecting the bulbous Bertrand Goldberg-designed building to Northwestern’s Lurie Medical Research Center next door at 303 East Superior Street. The removal left a portion of Prentice’s west side bashed in.  It’s also been marked up with spray paint to guide demolition teams as they continue...

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