Ghost of Prentice Still Haunts Northwestern Campus
Oct15

Ghost of Prentice Still Haunts Northwestern Campus

It’s the time of year for ghosts, phantoms, and things that go bump in the night.  After the tumultuous lead-up to the tear-down of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital, it’s not surprising that Northwestern University might see some residual specters every now and then. Streeterville Spy Collette sent in these two current images from Northwestern that include an apparition of the past. One appears to be a brochure...

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Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement
Sep30

Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement

The trouble with replacing an iconic, historic building is, well, nothing else quite measures up, unless it, too, is iconic and historic. The trouble with that premise is, you don’t always know how history will judge an architectural design. It’s also the challenge faced by Perkins+Will when it won the competition to create the new Northwestern University Medical Research Center (MRC2) in Streeterville. It’s on the property where the...

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Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design
Sep05

Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design

  The former women’s hospital known as Prentice is well and truly gone.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in this latest photograph of the demolition team wrapping up their work on what some considered a landmark building, and others considered an eyesore. Then just a day into our mourning, comes word that Northwestern University is moving forward with its plan to fill...

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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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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice
Jun19

Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice

As we count down the days until Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital becomes just a memory, we received a very fortunate phone call. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been taking pictures of the Prentice demolition from his office window since it started.  With the end near, he used our Tip Line to get in touch, and sent along a couple of dozen...

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Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform
Apr09

Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform

Over the last year, we’ve shown you lots of pictures of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital being demolished by work crews.  To date, those pictures have always been from the ground.  But here’s another perspective on it.  From above, the Prentice demolition leaves a clover-shaped platform open in the middle of Streeterville.  So if you have a lunar lander that doesn’t fit in your building’s parking...

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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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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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