Today is not a happy Friday for fans of modernism. Northwestern University senior vice president for business and finance Eugene S. Sunshine has just released a statement confirming the news we had long feared but suppressed for some months now: Despite the efforts of many — architects, architecture fans, and journalists alike — Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital will be demolished and replaced with a new facility. “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,” said Sunshine in an official statement. “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.”
The statement also mentions plans for a design competition to realize a new building, assuring that the University will invite “many of the world’s best architectural firms, including Chicago firms” to take a stab at following up Goldberg’s pioneering clover-shaped structure. Sadly, many of the world’s best firms never wanted this to happen in the first place.
Photo: Prentice Women’s Hospital / Panoramio
- Kelly Chan