Bertrand Goldberg's 1975 Prentice Women's Hospital is a crowd-splitter of a building. Fans point to the building's complex engineering and singular look. Detractors find it ugly, a jarring contrast set against other modern architecture.
The old Prentice is an unforgettable building, involving a tall, clover-shaped structure perched atop a squat square base - a sort of space-age, modernist take on a merry-go-round.
But there's practicality behind the curious look of the building. Goldberg's design allowed for a central nurses' station, from which the hospital rooms radiated out like spokes on a wheel. Instead of traveling a long corridor to see patients, caregivers could assess the state of things at a glance around the circular space.