Ghost of Prentice Still Haunts Northwestern Campus

prentice on a brochure

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 of some type for Northwestern Medicine.  And your eye can’t help but follow the purple edge down and to the right where we see… our old friend Prentice.

prentice on the wall 1The other image is of a painting in a hallway, prominently featuring Prentice.

It’s hardly a conspiracy, but it does illustrate an interesting point: That architecture can become such an integral part of a company’s brand that it may not even be fully noticed or appreciated until after it’s gone.

Author: Editor

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