Slice of Life: Streeterville’s Pregnant Pause

 Former Prentice Womens' Hospital

The former Prentice Womens’ Hospital (320 East Huron Street) sits and waits.  A building that brought thousands of lives into this world exists in limbo in a tug-of-war between the Northwestern, which wants to tear it down and put in a grassy lot until some point in the future when an office tower is desired, and preservationists who note that it is a piece of groundbreaking architecture from a famous name that still has some life left in it.

If you haven’t seen Prentice recently, now is the time to do so.  With the demolition of the Lakeside Veterans Administration Hospital across the street, there is a clear line of sight for taking excellent photographs of this endangered building.  Much better photographs than the one above.  Which was taken with a CrappyCameraPhone™.  In the rain.  By someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Author: Editor

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