While the effort to preserve Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago continues to garner national media attention -- including this segment that ran last weekend on National Public Radi0 -- the Trust continues to work with its partners in the Save Prentice Coalition on advocacy efforts to save Prentice from demolition.
As we shared a couple weeks ago, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously voted to grant a preliminary landmark designation for Prentice and then -- in an unprecedented move -- rescinded that designation just two hours later at the same meeting.
In an effort to reinstate the Commission’s landmark designation, the National Trust, joined by Landmarks Illinois, filed a lawsuit against the Landmarks Commission and the City of Chicago. The suit argues that the Commission unlawfully rescinded the designation in violation of Chicago's Landmarks Ordinance by improperly weighing alleged economic arguments and by usurping the authority of City Council.
We were very pleased that in Cook County Circuit Court, Judge Neil Cohen entered a stay that restores the Commission’s preliminary Landmark recommendation for the time being and bars the city from issuing a demolition permit. This is great news!
Judge Cohen set the next court date for December 7 and made it clear that he wanted to see Prentice protected in the interim. We are confident that protecting and reusing Prentice is the right thing to do. If you agree, please consider donating to help our campaign to save Prentice.
Thank you, as ever, for your support of protecting the places that make our country special. We’ll keep you posted at SavingPlaces.org.
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