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Landmark status vote expected for former Prentice building

Thursday, November 01, 2012
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The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is expected to vote Thursday on whether it will give protective landmark status to the former Prentice Women's Hospital building in Streeterville.

The cloverleaf-shaped building was constructed in 1975 and remained a part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital's operation until 2011.

The building is currently vacant, but several architectural groups say it's a mistake for the commission not to protect it.

"We believe prentice is worthy of protection and re-use because of its unique design- distinctive appearance and its infinite flexibility," said Chris Morris, National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Northwestern University officials have said they would like to raze the structure to build a new research facility on the site.

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