WBEZ | prentice http://www.wbez.org/tags/prentice Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Northwestern picks architects for building to replace Prentice http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-12/northwestern-picks-architects-building-replace-prentice-109328 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/19.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 840px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The architecture firm Perkins &amp; Will got the nod late last week to design the biomedical research facility that will be built on the site of the old Prentice Women&#39;s Hospital.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Northwestern University trustees made the decision last week, picking Perkins &amp; Will from a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-11/after-prentice-northwestern-shows-finalists-designs-new-building-109127">field of three finalists</a>. What did the design have that the others didn&#39;t? A university spokesman <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-07/news/ct-northwestern-design-winner-met-20131208_1_prentice-women-old-prentice-site-bertrand-goldberg">told the Tribune</a> the winning scheme has &quot;elegant design and functionality of the floor plans&quot;--a vague diagnosis, if there ever was one.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The project is expected to get underway in 2015 with a $370 million first phase, seen in the images below. A second phase--and there&#39;s no budget or timetable for it--includes the lab tower in the image above. The former Prentice Hospital, 303 E. Superior, which was the subject of the fiercest <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-22/preservation-group-proposes-re-use-plan-endangered-former-prentice-hospital-">preservation battle</a> in at least 30 years, is now under demolition.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here&#39;s a look at some of Perkins &amp; Will&#39;s renderings:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/15.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 840px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here&#39;s the building&#39;s lobby. Conference rooms on the second and third levels would have views of the space and of the outdoors:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4_2.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 442px;" title="" /></div><p>And here&#39;s what lab spaces could look like:</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/10_0.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 438px;" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Will Chicago get great architecture out of this? That was the promise, of course, from Northwestern University and City Hall once the pipes started calling for old Prentice. The glassy, angular facade in the first phase holds a lot of promise--as far as one can tell with renderings, at least. It looks like a building the city could live with if the second phase winds up not getting built.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But the building looks best with the tower. The tower doubles the building&#39;s area to 1.2 million sq ft and makes what could be a much-needed elegant mark on the Streeterville skyline. So it&#39;s troubling that Northwestern--so exacting in its public appeal for Prentice&#39;s demolition--can&#39;t say publicly when <em>the other half of their new building</em> will be constructed.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">As the former Prentice is wrecked and hauled away and the new design makes its way through approvals and design refinements, the fight for good architecture on that site might not yet be over.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 00:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2013-12/northwestern-picks-architects-building-replace-prentice-109328 Chicago mayor reportedly encouraged Northwestern to do a PR blitz to tear down Prentice http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down <p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/8181153316_e16ba716c2_z.jpg" style="height: 193px; width: 300px; float: left;" title="(Flickr/Chicagogeek)" />Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel reportedly encouraged Northwestern University to start a PR campaign in support of demolishing the old Prentice Women&rsquo;s Hospital&nbsp; &ndash; long before he announced his public support for tearing it down.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://dailynorthwestern.com/2012/11/14/city/emanuel-nudged-northwestern-officials-on-public-prentice-campaign/"><em>The Daily Northwestern </em>reports </a>the mayor&#39;s push for PR came in response to an orchestrated campaign by preservationists to preserve and reuse the structure by noted Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The mayor asked, &lsquo;What are you guys going to do, are you going to have an offensive?&rsquo;&rdquo; University President Morton Schapiro told <em>The Daily</em> ... &ldquo;He said he was getting inundated with letters. He was just saying these guys are very aggressive and spending a lot of money.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The college newspaper reports it was one of several face-to-face meetings between Emanuel and university officials.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&ldquo;We were as surprised as anyone as anyone reading about the alleged conversations that occurred,&rdquo; said Michael Rachlis, the lawyer representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (now called Landmarks Illinois).</div><p>The preservationists are suing the Chicago Landmarks Commission on the grounds that it violated its own ordinance when it voted to demolish Prentice just a few hours after approving preliminary landmark designation &ndash; in the same meeting.</p><p>Preservationists argue the building is iconic and should be reused, while Northwestern argues it cannot build the kind of medical research facility it needs.</p><p>Calls to President Schapiro&rsquo;s office to verify the mayor&rsquo;s comments went unanswered.</p><p>The mayor&rsquo;s spokesperson, Tom Alexander, said the mayor was involved in discussions with all parties involved, preservationists included.</p><p>&ldquo;That was the sole focus of his effort throughout,&rdquo; Alexander said in an e-mail. &ldquo;At the end of the process, after hearing from all groups, he made his viewpoint known.&rdquo;</p><p>Rachlis said the preservationists are more focused on the lawsuit than the mayor&rsquo;s alleged comments.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t know, and all that we&rsquo;re prepared to deal with here are the allegations in the lawsuit. And those we have confidence in and believe that those stand on their own,&quot; Rachlis said.</p><p>The status hearing for the lawsuit is Dec. 7.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/sections/architecture/chicago-mayor-reportedly-encouraged-northwestern-do-pr-blitz-tear-down Preservationists rally to save Prentice Hospital http://www.wbez.org/story/preservationists-rally-save-prentice-hospital-87904 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/prentice_top_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago's old Prentice Women's Hospital has been named one of the most endangered historic places in America.</p><p>The National Trust for Historic Preservation selected the clover leaf-shaped building in light of Northwestern University's plans to demolish it. Prentice was designed by Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg.</p><p>Trustee Vince Michael made the announcement Wednesday at a rally for the building's preservation.</p><p>"For too long, Prentice Hospital has gone unrecognized and underappreciated in spite of its bold design, innovative engineering and ground breaking approach to hospital planning," Michael said.</p><p>According to Michael, only eight of the 233 sites on the endangered list have been lost.</p><p>Northwestern spokesman Alan Cubbage said the university plans to build new medical research facilities where Prentice now stands. He said Northwestern has been considering this plan since at least 2007-- the year the the new Prentice Women's Hospital opened. The Goldberg building will come under the university's ownership in September.</p><p>Local groups such as Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago have come out against these plans. They have already applied for Prentice to become a city landmark, and they've placed the building on their own endangered lists. The city has yet to make a decision about the building's landmark status. Cubbage says Northwestern will not apply for a demolition permit until that decision is made.</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 19:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/preservationists-rally-save-prentice-hospital-87904 Threatened historic places list includes Cook County buildings http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/threatened-historic-places-list-includes-cook-county-buildings-84835 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/prentice_top_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.landmarks.org/">annual list of Illinois' ten most endangered historic places </a>came out today.</p><p>Three of the most threatened places named by Landmarks Illinois are in Cook County.</p><p>President Jim Peters said the former Park Ridge home and studio of Alfonso Iannelli made the list. Peters says Iannelli, who collaborated with architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of the most significant artists of his time, and one of the least known today.<br> <br> "He did a lot of sculpture work that you see on these Prairie-style buildings, and he was one of the first people to do that to where he did sculpture that became a part of a building rather than tacked on," Peters said.<br> <br> Another building that made the list, Prentice Women's Hospital, by Bertrand Goldberg, resembles a four-leaf clover in concrete. Northwestern University wants to tear the old hospital down, but is delaying getting a permit temporarily at the request of the local alderman.<br> <br> Peters said the New Regal Theater on Chicago's South Side was included, too, because it has gone into foreclosure.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/threatened-historic-places-list-includes-cook-county-buildings-84835 Threatened historic places list includes Cook County buildings http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/threatened-historic-places-list-includes-cook-county-buildings-84836 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-06/prentice_top_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.landmarks.org/">annual list of Illinois' ten most endangered historic places </a>came out today.</p><p>Three of the most threatened places named by Landmarks Illinois are in Cook County.</p><p>President Jim Peters said the former Park Ridge home and studio of Alfonso Iannelli made the list. Peters says Iannelli, who collaborated with architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, was one of the most significant artists of his time, and one of the least known today.<br> <br> "He did a lot of sculpture work that you see on these Prairie-style buildings, and he was one of the first people to do that to where he did sculpture that became a part of a building rather than tacked on," Peters said.<br> <br> Another building that made the list, Prentice Women's Hospital, by Bertrand Goldberg, resembles a four-leaf clover in concrete. Northwestern University wants to tear the old hospital down, but is delaying getting a permit temporarily at the request of the local alderman.<br> <br> Peters said the New Regal Theater on Chicago's South Side was included, too, because it has gone into foreclosure.</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/threatened-historic-places-list-includes-cook-county-buildings-84836