Prentice Women’s Hospital Demolition Time Lapse / Scrappers Film Group / National Trust for Historic Preservation / 2015

Prentice Women’s Hospital Demolition Time Lapse / Scrappers Film Group / National Trust for Historic Preservation / 2015


Footnotes

No other American city is quite so proficient at building landmarks and destroying them. There is, accordingly, no better place to witness the bare-boned beauty of architecture, either as it is rising up or being torn down. ➡︎

Each leaf, in plan, held radiating maternity rooms, easily monitored from a central nursing station. Office designers of the late 1960s abandoned the endless corridor, and so did hospital architects: the idea was pods and communities, breaking down the anonymity of what could be seen as a seven-story baby factory. If anyone had a sentimental attachment to the building, it would be those parents, those children, and they turned out at hearings and protests. But the political fix—Mayor Rahm Emanuel wrote an op-ed arguing for demolition—overruled any argument. Penn Station met the wrecking ball because of real estate interests; the same was true for Prentice. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ As Prentice comes down, stakes rise on its replacement / Blair Kamin / Chicago Tribune / 2013

◼︎ Demolition of Prentice Womens Hospital by Bertrand Goldberg and Penn Station / Alexandra Lange / Architect Magazine / 2013


MODEL / Dylan Reibling / 2012

MODEL / Dylan Reibling / 2012

Prentice Women’s Hospital / Chris Patrick Murphy / 2013

Prentice Women’s Hospital / Chris Patrick Murphy / 2013