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Landmarks Commission Again Denies Landmark Status For Historic Prentice Women's Hospital

By Chuck Sudo in News on Feb 7, 2013 11:20PM

Photo credit: Randy Plemel, Jr.

We can't say this wasn't unexpected: the Commission on Chicago Landmarks once again voted to deny landmark status to Historic Prentice Women's Hospital. The Landmarks Commission decided to re-hear the case for preserving the Bertrand Goldberg-designed building last month after Cook County Judge Neil Cohen, who ruled in favor of the commission in a lawsuit filed by the Save Prentice Commission, said the previous vote to deny landmark status was "arbitrary” and “nontransparent.”

Northwestern University Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Eugene Sunshine praised the vote in a statement.

The new building on the Prentice site will be connected on a floor-by-floor basis with the existing University research building just to the west of the site. Doing so will bring researchers together and thereby enhance the chances of finding breakthroughs in cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative disorders, among others. The site is the linchpin for what will be a major new medical research hub.