WBEZ | endangered buildings http://www.wbez.org/tags/endangered-buildings Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago’s endangered buildings, young and old http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/chicago%E2%80%99s-endangered-buildings-young-and-old-98441 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/cuneo%20hospital_preservation%20chicago.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 358px; " title="According to Preservation Chicago, Frank Cuneo Memorial Hospital was ‘the most modern of hospitals’ when it opened in 1957. Now it’s on the group’s list of endangered buildings. (Preservation Chicago/Stacey Pfingsten)"></div><p>Historic preservationists are in a strange spot these days: Some of them are fighting to save buildings younger than they are.</p><p>That’s according to Jonathan Fine, head of <a href="http://preservationchicago.org/">Preservation Chicago</a>. His group released its annual list of the <a href="http://preservationchicago.org/chicago-seven/2012">7 most endangered buildings in Chicago</a> earlier this month, and at least one of the picks on this year’s list is younger than Fine himself. (That would be 37-year-old <a href="../../blog/lee-bey/2011-06-15/national-trust-places-old-prentice-hospital-its-most-endangered-list-87870">Prentice Women’s Hospital</a>, the Bertrand Goldberg-designed structure that made the list for a second year.)</p><p>Fine says he’s noticed other trends from year to year: vanishing urban corners, for instance, gobbled up by teardowns and replaced by chain pharmacies like Walgreens or CVS. Or churches, which as houses of worship subject to the separation of church and state, aren’t eligible for government assistance. And what Fine calls “meds and eds”-- buildings whose preservation becomes more difficult when powerful, clout-rich universities and hospitals want to expand their campus footprints.</p><p>This year’s list draws from some of those trends, and also features several buildings that will be familiar to readers of <a href="../../blogs/lee-bey">Lee Bey’s blog</a>:</p><p>►A collection of <a href="http://preservationchicago.org/chicago-seven/2012/heritage/74">five historic movie theaters</a>, including <a href="../../blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/commission-puts-landmark-status-picture-portage-theater-98015">the Portage</a>, which recently received preliminary landmark status, and the West Side’s Central Park Theater, which according to Preservation Chicago, is thought to be the country’s first movie palace.</p><p><a href="../../blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/unity-hall-early-birthplace-black-chicago-politics-jeopardy-98035">►Unity Hall</a>, a building included in the city’s historic Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District, which honors sites significant to the African-American experience in Chicago and the Great Migration.</p><p>►Three hospitals, including Prentice and <a href="http://preservationchicago.org/chicago-seven/2012/heritage/72">St. Anthony</a>, which sits at the entry point to Douglas Park along the Emerald Necklace network of boulevards and will soon be vacated for a new campus.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gethsemane%20church_preservation%20chicago.jpg" style="float: right; height: 274px; width: 300px;" title="Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church made Preservation Chicago’s list of the most endangered buildings this year. Constructed in 1869, it’s the oldest building on the list. (Preservation Chicago/Darris Harris)"></div><p>One structure on the list is notable precisely because it directly contradicts Fine’s crack about saving younger buildings: A construction date of 1869 makes <a href="http://preservationchicago.org/chicago-seven/2012/heritage/70">Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church</a> one of the city’s few remaining buildings built prior to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, making it one of the oldest buildings around here. “To lose [a pre-fire building], regardless of the modesty of the design, would be a great loss to the city,” Fine says.</p><p>There will be <a href="http://cowdery.home.netcom.com/maxnews.html">a community meeting this Thursday</a>, April 26, at Powell’s Books to help decide the fate of Gethsemane Church. In the meantime, listen to Fine’s description of the building’s history and the case for saving it in the audio above.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range"><em>Dynamic Range</em></a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Jonathan Fine spoke at an event presented by the </em><a href="http://chicagoarchitecture.org"><em>Chicago</em><em><u> </u>Architecture Foundation</em></a><em> in April. Click </em><a href="../../amplified/chicago%E2%80%99s-7-most-threatened-historic-places-2012-what-cost-preservation-98055"><em>here </em></a><em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/chicago%E2%80%99s-endangered-buildings-young-and-old-98441 National Trust places old Prentice Hospital on its 'most endangered' list http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-15/national-trust-places-old-prentice-hospital-its-most-endangered-list-87870 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/Prentice Hospital_WBEZ_Lee Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-15/untitled shoot-030.jpg" style="width: 299px; height: 380px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The former Prentice Women's Hospital, the shuttered modernist medical facility designed by Marina City architect Bertrand Goldberg, was today named among this year's 11 most-endangered historic places in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p><p>The Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization called the building Goldberg's "tour de force" that "like many of Goldberg’s architectural wonders in Chicago...still has no formal protection from demolition." The 36-year-old building has been the subject of a heated preservation battle triggered when Northwestern University announced plans to demolish the ionic structure for a new research facility.</p><p>Other buildings on this year's National Trust's America's Most Endangered Places list include the vacant and dilapidated Long Island N.Y. house where jazz saxophonist John Coltrane wrote <em>A Love Supreme</em> <a href="http://www.preservationnation.org/about-us/press-center/press-releases/2011/2011-list-11-most.html">and other sites</a>.</p><p>The Trust's announcement will be formally made at a 11am rally near Prentice on the corner of Huron and McClurg Ct.&nbsp; The local chapter of the modernist preservation group DoCoMoMo, Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago are among the participants.</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-06-15/national-trust-places-old-prentice-hospital-its-most-endangered-list-87870