WBEZ | landmarks illinois http://www.wbez.org/tags/landmarks-illinois Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prentice is preserved, for now http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-01/prentice-preserved-now-104859 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS2508_Prentice%20Women%27s%20Hospital_Flickr_TheeErin_2.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Former Prentice gets another stay of demolition (flickr/TheeErin)" /></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F74564637" width="100%"></iframe>Preservationists seeking to prevent the demolition of the former Prentice Women&#39;s Hospital were dealt a severe if not final blow today.</p><p>Cook County Judge Neil Cohen dismissed a lawsuit brought by two plaintiffs: the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI).&nbsp;</p><p>Judge Cohen said a previous ruling by the Illinois Supreme Court does not grant him the power to overturn a decision by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, even if, as the Judge appears to believe, the Commission violated its own rules in making that decision.</p><p>The Judge also dismissed the Landmarks Preservation Council as a plaintiff in the case, but gave&nbsp;the National Trust 30 days to file an amended complaint.&nbsp;</p><p>Michael Rachlis is one of the legal representatives for the preservationists. He said &quot;the court articulated there was a problem in that process and it still allowed us to come back and deal with those issues.&quot;</p><p>Rachlis added &quot;The stay is in place. If the case does not proceed forward in this capacity, in this building, there are appellate processes and other processes to be reviewed, down the road. This is not over, the court has indicated that.&quot;</p><p>Last November, the Commission of Chicago Landmarks granted preliminary landmark status for the building designed by famed architect Bertrand Goldberg&nbsp;but then revoked it in the same meeting.&nbsp;</p><p>In rescinding landmark status, the Commission cited a report from the city&#39;s Department of Housing and Economic Development that concluded &quot;the civic and economic impact of Northwestern&#39;s proposed research program outweighs the relative importance of maintinaing the former Prenctice building as an architectural landmark.&quot;</p><p>Judge Cohen&#39;s ruling today means Northwestern University&#39;s hands are tied for another month. The university wants to tear down the building in order to construct a new research facility.</p><p>Alan Cubbage, a spokesperson for Northwestern, said the university would &quot;abide by the stay&quot; but is &quot;very pleased with the ruling today.&quot;&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-01/prentice-preserved-now-104859 Former West Side hotel, modernist gem in Lake County among state's 'most endangered' buildings http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/former-west-side-hotel-modernist-gem-lake-county-among-states-most-endangered <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/untitled%20shoot-124.jpg" title="The vacant Hotel Guyon on Chicago’s West Side is on Landmarks Illinois’ list of the state’s most endangered buildings. (WBEZ/Lee Bey)"></div><div class="image-insert-image ">A modernist Lake Bluff house and a hulking former West Side hotel from which WFMT once broadcast are among the state's ten most-endangered historic places, the preservation group Landmarks Illinois announced today.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">“The sites named to the list are all exceptionally important,” the organization's interim executive director Jean Follett said in a news release.“By calling attention to them we hope to encourage solutions for their preservation.”</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The group released its list at 10 a.m. news conference in Springfield. The list includes the vacant Hotel Guyon at 4000 W. Washington, seen in the photo above. The former 300-room hotel has been vacant for a decade and is in demolition court, Landmarks Illinois said. The hotel was featured<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2012-02-26/can-architecture-save-west-garfield-park-96751"> in this blog</a> in February.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Landmark Illinois' list also includes the Edward Blair House, a stunning midcentury modern lakefront home for sale in Lake Bluff. Built in 1955 and designed by architects Keck &amp; Keck, the 7,550 square foot home sits on 27 acres and has a $9.9 million asking price. The house--unprotected by landmark laws-- is "vulnerable" to being torn down in favor of building a larger home the site, according to the organization.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Here's a listing agent's photo of the house:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/index.htm_.jpg" title="The Edward Blair House in Lake Bluff, Ill. also makes the endangered list. (Courtesy of the owner)"></div></div><p>The John Van Bergen-designed Fox River Country Day School also made the list. The Elgin institution with a naturalist, Prairie School-style 53-acre campus, closed last year and is for sale. The group fears the site could be demolished for redevelopment. Below is an image I took during a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-07-14/elgin-day-school-close-leaving-uncertain-future-campus-designed-frank-lloyd-">visit to the campus</a> last year:</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/P6285112.jpg" title="Fox River Country Day School in Elgin, Ill. (WBEZ/Lee Bey)"></div>Landmark Illinois' entire list and photos can be <a href="http://www.Landmarks.org">found here</a>. When you arrive, click on the "Press Room" link.</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey/2012-04/former-west-side-hotel-modernist-gem-lake-county-among-states-most-endangered Students make it their mission to preserve mid-century architecture http://www.wbez.org/content/students-make-it-their-mission-preserve-mid-century-architecture <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-16/victory interior.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Student preservationists are scouring Chicago suburbs to find examples of good architecture. They’re documenting all of suburban Cook County, including towns like Berwyn and Cicero that aren’t generally known for cutting-edge modern architecture. At least, not yet.</p><p>Three students and a professor from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are packed into a car, raring to go.</p><p>They joke they're the "Cicero crew." Their mission? To locate and survey every piece of religious, educational and commercial architecture from the 1930s to the 1970s.</p><p>"It’s definitely interesting that everybody’s idea of Cicero is crime, corruption and Capone. We want them to think of culture," says<span style="font-weight: bold;"> </span>Dan O’Brien, the driver. Emily Wallrath enters the data. Charlie Pipal teaches historic preservation. Deb Carey is the navigator. She pulls out a map.</p><p>"It’s the wrong way," Carey says.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-16/RS4732_tour participants-scr.JPG" style="width: 374px; height: 281px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="Emily Wallrath and Dan O'Brien debate over whether to include a church. (Photo by Lynette Kalsnes)">"Typical," O'Brien says. "That’s something we’ve learned, there’s so many one-way streets."</p><p>"But we’re not afraid of an alley," Wallrath says.</p><p>"We’ll do alleys," Carey agrees.</p><p>Their instructor, Charlie Pipal, says people know of stellar buildings from the era like Inland Steel or the Hancock Building.&nbsp; But he says they're much less familiar are the mid-century fire stations, schools, motels and even neon signs these students are identifying. So far, Pipal says, over the past six years, students have surveyed more than 50 communities, and at least 1,700 buildings. All of that work can be <a href="http://www.landmarksil.org/recentpastsurvey.htm">viewed online</a> at Landmarks Illinois.</p><p>"This is an aspect of an architecture that’s slowly but surely vanishing from the metro area that we live in, so it’s nice we’re documenting it and hopefully we’re building some sort of constituency for the preservation of these buildings," Pipal says.</p><p>"This period of architecture is also kind of a love it or hate it type thing," says Jim Peters, who started the <a href="http://www.landmarksil.org/recentpastsurvey.htm">Recent Past Survey</a>. He’s the former head of Landmarks Illinois.<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-16/RS4718_victory crying room-scr.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 300px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="The triangular windows in the crying room at Victory Outreach Church. (Photo by Dan O'Brien)"></p><p>"For as many people who loved the 1950s, 60s, there are an equal number who say I didn’t like it when it was built, and I’m glad it’s going to be demolished."</p><p>Peters says he was struck to realize how many suburbs think that only their old buildings are important. But he says the story of the suburbs is what happened after World War II. That’s when the baby boom hit, interstates grew up, and people flocked to the 'burbs. Peters says that led to new styles of buildings to reflect the abundant land, and different materials like glass walls and steel instead of stone and wood.</p><p>Yet students often encounter people who are puzzled as to why <em>anyone</em> is interested in preserving these buildings.</p><p>"That’s always a challenge," Peters says. "We had that challenge as preservationists with Art Deco architecture. We had that challenge with Victorian. It wasn’t that long ago the movie <em>Psycho</em> in the 1950s came out and the hideous house was the Victorian house on the hill."</p><p>First up for the students is Victory Outreach Church of Chicagoland, formerly St. Attracta. It’s in the middle of a neighborhood, surrounded by bungalows. The roofline looks like a bunch of conjoined W’s.</p><p>"It’s just kind of tucked away, and then it hits you: bam," Carey says.</p><p>"It’s fabulous," Pipal says.</p><p>"Ooh, we can go inside," Wallrath says.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-December/2011-12-16/RS4730_tour our lady of charity-scr.JPG" style="margin-left: 8px; margin-right: 8px; margin-top: 8px; margin-bottom: 8px; float: left; width: 350px; height: 263px; " title="Our Lady of Charity may get added to the list. (Photo by Lynette Kalsnes)">A maintenance worker for the church, Christian Thompson, turns on the lights so they can see better. The ceiling looks like the inside of a shell.</p><p>"Whoa!"</p><p>Thompson is visibly proud of his church.</p><p>"For something that is 51 years old, the architecture is so modern. It’s amazing," he says. "They had vision at the time."</p><p>The students head to other destinations: schools, a bar, another church. They drive by a storefront they’d wanted to document. Wallrath is distressed.</p><p>"When we started the survey, that was all glass, and now it’s all boarded up," Wallrath says. "Maybe they’re replacing the glass, maybe they’re not taking them out entirely. It’s those little details that once they’re lost, no one will ever know that was ever there."</p><p>She says that’s why it’s essential to act now; they never know what a building owner might do the next day.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/students-make-it-their-mission-preserve-mid-century-architecture Leader of Landmarks Illinois to move on http://www.wbez.org/story/leader-landmarks-illinois-move-90900 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-23/Prentice Hospital_WBEZ_Lee Bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The head of the preservation group Landmarks Illinois is leaving his post at the end of October.</p><p>President and Executive Director Jim Peters will move on to consult and teach historic preservation at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other places.</p><p>Peters joined the group about ten years ago after working for Chicago's Department of Planning and Development, where he played various roles including director of Central Area Planning and, later, deputy commissioner of the Landmarks Division.</p><p>Under his leadership, Peters said he tried to diversify Landmarks Illinois’ annual list of “most endangered” buildings to include other structures.</p><p>“It's beyond the big houses of the rich and famous,” Peters said. “I think preservation’s moved beyond that quite awhile ago. You go in communities, you figure out what’s important in a community. Sometimes, it’s not houses and big buildings. Sometimes it's a structure, bridges or studios of an artist or archaeological sites.”</p><p>Peters also has focused on drawing attention to mid-century modern structures, what he likes to call buildings of “the recent past.” Peters named architects like Bertrand Goldberg, Edward Dart, Walter Netsch and Harry Weese as among those who did pioneering work in Chicago.</p><p>“They really broke the mold of what buildings looked like from the early part of the century,” he said. “They broke the box in a way. That’s what intrigued me. Their buildings had form that conveyed the form of what was happening inside.”</p><p>Yet, Peters said these buildings from the 1950s to the 1970s are almost forgotten. He points to the recently demolished campus of Michael Reese Hospital that Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius had a hand in designing. He also cites Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital Building, which is on the current “most endangered” list.</p><p>“The public fails to understand they’re significant – they’re too new,” Peters said. “Everyone’s used to saying, ‘We’ve got to save Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, old Victorians.’ These buildings are caught in the middle. People don’t realize these buildings are significant. They don’t strike them as old.”</p><p>Under Peter’s leadership, Landmarks Illinois also partnered with Richard Driehaus to provide funding to several counties to repair deteriorating courthouses, which Peters called “the great buildings” in these communities. He said the grants allowed repairs to key features like clocks and statues that were getting “short shrift” due to funding cutbacks.</p><p>In a press release, Board Chairman Shelley Gorson called Peters’ contribution “incalculable.”</p><p>“There is simply no one better at working with all interested parties in preserving our architectural treasures,” Gorson said.</p><p>A national search is underway for his replacement.&nbsp; Board member Jean Follett will act as interim director.</p></p> Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/leader-landmarks-illinois-move-90900 Preservation group proposes re-use plan for endangered former Prentice Hospital http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-22/preservation-group-proposes-re-use-plan-endangered-former-prentice-hospital- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-22/Prentice_1_top_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-22/Prentice_1_top_1.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 328px;" title=""></p><p>The preservation group Landmarks Illinois today unveiled a 16-page plan that includes three different potential reuse scenarios for the former Prentice Women's Hospital, the distinctive Bertrand Goldberg-designed building currently under threat of demolition.</p><p>As an alternative to Northwestern University's plans to demolish the building and build a larger research facility on the site, Landmarks Illinois proposes the complex could be reused as either a research facility that could accommodate 60 labs and 800 researchers; a 200,000+ sq. ft. office building, or housing for students, nurses or residents. While the building's concrete quatrefoil towers would remain, the dark curtain wall of its base would be replaced with lighter, more translucent glass and crowned with a rooftop garden.</p><p>"We believe this study demonstrates how viable this landmark-quality building is for several types of new uses,” Landmarks Illinois president Jim Peters, said in a news release accompanying the document. "We also think that retention of the building—rather than demolition—would be a more sustainable approach to redevelopment, while also addressing the concerns of nearby residents about the growing ‘canyonization’ of the Streeterville neighborhood.”</p><p>The 36-year-old hospital, 333 E. Superior, is among the more prominent works of architect Goldberg, best known for his design of Marina City. The facility has been on relatively borrowed time since Northwestern Memorial Hospital completed its new Prentice Women's Hospital in 2007, which allowed ownership of the former hospital site to revert to Northwestern University. The university previously said it studied ways to reuse the facility but could not find a viable option and would raze the former hospital later this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.landmarks.org/preservation_news_prentice_reuse_study.htm">Click here</a> to the Landmarks Illinois study which was created with the assistance of three Chicago architecture firms who chose to remain anonymous.</p></p> Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-04-22/preservation-group-proposes-re-use-plan-endangered-former-prentice-hospital- 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 A saint in need of a savior: Old St. Laurence parish http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/saint-need-savior-old-st-laurence-parish <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="384" height="512" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//6119836.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25969" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p><code> </code> I took a drive through the western edge of South Shore a couple of days ago. </p><p>Until I was 10, my family--father, mother, two sisters, and later grandmother and aunt--lived in a two flat my old man owned in the neighborhood at 7327 S. Kimbark. The landmarks were simple then: James Madison public school at 74th and Dorchester; Mrs Smith's corner store at 74th and Kimbark; and St Laurence Parish, seemingly a world away at 72nd and Dorchester because I wasn't allowed to go north of 73rd St---which only made me sneak and do it anyway. The St. Laurence buildings--a church, school, rectory and parish house that looked as romantic and Old World as the locales I'd see on &quot;I Spy&quot; reruns on Channel 44--had their importance.<!--break--> </p><p>In fact, St. Laurence was once quite important. On June 11, 1911--99 years to the day I took these photographs, as it turned out--3,500 people marched in a parade to the site to watch Chicago Roman Catholic Archbishop James Quigley lay St. Laurence's cornerstone. There was a military band and a cordon of police in their dress blue uniforms. The Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, accompanied by O'Leary's Pipe and Drum Corps--they were all there. When the huge procession got to the church site, 5,000 more people awaited them, the Tribune said at that time. </p><p>Built for $100,000 and designed by Joseph Molitor, St. Laurence opened the day after Christmas, 1911. The Art Deco and sorta Prairie School-like school and Mediterranean parish house were built later.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="490" height="466" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//6119823.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25978" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="490" height="308" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//6119814.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25979" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="512" height="382" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//6119803.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25980" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="482" height="353" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//61198481.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25987" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img width="512" height="392" alt="" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//6119842.jpg" class="size-full wp-image-25984" /> <br /><em>(photo by Lee Bey)</em><code> </code> </p><p>Nearly a century after its auspicious opening, the only people on the street outside St. Laurence when I took these photos were a woman with a young child in tow and a man sweeping outside a tidy brick apartment building opposite the church. &quot;What they gonna do?&quot; he asked me. &quot;Save it? Try to save it?&quot; Important questions. The complex needed at least $3 million in repairs when it was closed by the archdiocese in 2002 and membership had dwindled to a fraction--a decimal, really--of what it was when it opened in 1911.&sbquo;&nbsp; A deal to turn part of the site into senior housing fell through a while back. Preservationist groups, including Landmarks Illinois, believe the bulldozers might be calling the church home sooner or later.</p></p> Mon, 14 Jun 2010 07:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/saint-need-savior-old-st-laurence-parish